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Maxim Iglinskiy tests positive for EPO

Astana’s Maxim Iglinskiy has tested positive for EPO use, according to a document issued by the UCI that lists provisionally suspended riders.

Iglinskiy, 33, provided a sample on August 1 that revealed an adverse analytical finding for the blood-boosting substance, according to the UCI.

Iglinskiy finished 26th at Clasica San Sebastian the day after the sample was taken. The Kazakh is perhaps best known for winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2012 ahead of Vincenzo Nibali.

Iglinskiy’s 30-year-old brother, Valentin, who also rode for Astana, was suspended in September for testing positive for EPO as well. Valentin Iglinskiy’s positive sample was taken 10 days after Maxim’s, on August 11 at the Eneco Tour.

Astana is a member of the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), which means it could potentially suspend itself in advance of Sunday’s Giro di Lombardia.

According to MPCC rules, teams must suspend themselves for eight days, “in the event of several positive tests in the past 12 months,” with that period starting on the day of the next World Tour event. This would also impact the team’s participation in the Tour of Beijing.

VeloNews‘ request for comment from Astana Wednesday afternoon was not immediately returned.

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