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Astana's troubles continue as Kloeden is injured in road accident

Astana's troubles continue as Kloeden is injured in road accident

Astana cyclist Andreas Kloeden injured his hand and hip during a road accident while training on Thursday.
His team said a car driver failed to respect Kloeden's right of way.
Kloeden, who was taken to the hospital, has no broken bones but hurt his hand and suffered major bruising on his hip.
A decision will be taken Friday afternoon over Kloeden's participation in a race on Sunday.
The Grand Prix Ouest de France Plouay will mark Astana's return to competition following a monthlong self-imposed suspension, after three of its riders tested positive for doping in recent months.
The entire team left the Tour de France after Astana rider Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for a blood transfusion following his victory in the 13th stage time trial. On Aug. 1, Andrej Kashechkin also tested positive for a blood transfusion during unannounced controls in Belek, Turkey, while Matthias Kessler was fired after his "A" and "B" samples from a test in April showed elevated testosterone levels.
Astana was initially expected to make its comeback at the Spanish Vuelta on Sept. 1, but organizers in Spain revoked the team's invitation because of the doping incidents.
Team manager Marc Biver _ who was summoned by UCI ProTour council president Vittorio Adorni to explain his team's doping cases _ is considering his future at Astana.
Previously known as Liberty Seguros, the Switzerland-based team returned to the Tour this year after being banned in 2006 when several of its riders were linked to Operation Puerto, a Spanish doping investigation that has implicated more than 50 riders.
Astana's ProTour racing license could be in jeopardy again since the current one was only granted by the International Cycling Union "due to the lack of information from the Spanish authorities and the extremely confusing state of affairs with Operation Puerto."


Updated : 2020-12-04 13:32 GMT+08:00