Team Astana has fired Alexander Vinkourov, making the announced Monday afternoon in a brief press release. "Astana Cycling Team received the confirmation that the B-sample of Alexander Vinokourov was also 'non negative'. The rider is then fired from the Astana Cycling Team with immediate effect," read the statement.
Vinokourov tested positive for blood doping after winning the Tour de France's Stage 13 Time Trial. The B-sample was opened last Friday, and it was announced on Saturday that it had also tested non-negative. SW