Astana Qazaqstan sacks Miguel Angel Lopez

Team Astanas Columbian rider Miguel Angel Lopez looks on before the start of the 17th stage of the 2022 La Vuelta cycling tour of Spain a 1623km race from Aracena to the Monasterio de Tentudia monastery in Calera de Leon on September 7 2022 Photo by JORGE GUERRERO AFP Photo by JORGE GUERREROAFP via Getty Images
Miguel Angel Lopez before the start of the 17th stage of the 2022 Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Astana Qazaqstan team announced late on Monday that they have severed their contract with Colombian rider Miguel Angel López after receiving new information about his ties to Dr Marcos Maynar Mariño, however the rider was quick to reject this saying in a statement that there were no new facts that could justify such a decision.

Maynar was arrested in May, charged with a crime against public health, drug trafficking and money laundering. The team statement said new elements it discovered had shown that López had a “probable connection with Dr Marcos Maynar". 

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura's specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.