The French national doping lab at Chatenay-Malabry has opened Alexander Vinokourov's B-samples and begun testing it, L'Equipe reported Friday afternoon. The Kazakh cyclist was not present at the time, and results are expected to be announced on Saturday.
Vinokourov's A sample tested non-negative for blood doping after his spectacular Time Trial victory on Stage 13. The Astana rider's hotel was raided by police within days and Tour organiser ASO requested the Switzerland-registered squad leave the event, a request honoured by the team's management. SW