Vuelta to decide on Astana Monday

Only six days ago the Vuelta a España assured Team Astana that it would be welcome, despite the positive doping tests of Alexander Vinokourov and Matthias Kessler. Allowing the team to participate would support Astana's efforts to achieve a doping-free team, the race organizers said. But yesterday's news of yet another positive may be too much for the Spaniards.

It was announced Wednesday that Andrej Kashechkin had tested positive for a homologous blood transfusion in an unannounced test on August 1.

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