Andrey Kashechkin's B-sample has tested positive for a homologous blood transfusion, Team Astana announced Friday morning. He has been rapidly dismissed by the team.
The Kazakh rider tested positive on August 1 in an out-of-competition doping control while on vacation with his family. The team suspended him at that time.
It was Astana's third doping case this year, following the positive tests from Matthias Kessler (testosterone) and Alexander Vinokourov (blood doping).
Earlier this week, Kashechkin indicated that he would file a suit against the UCI in Belgium if his B-sample came back positive on the grounds that the UCI did not have the right to conduct such tests.