Astana to keep their World Tour License thanks to recent clean slate
2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nabali’s team Astana retained their license as there were no doping reports against them this season.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) had sought for the removal of Astana’s elite status, but the independent panel went against it after an audit review by the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL).
The panel felt that the team should be given a chance although "the ISSUL report ... highlighted the flaws in this team in 2014".
"At this stage, in view of the modifications ... and the absence of further incidents since autumn 2014, it is found that the sanction of a withdrawal, motivated mainly by facts of the past, (would be too harsh a punishment),"the report said.
Many Astana drivers had failed to clear the dope test last season.
"Taking into account that the team will be under the supervision of the ISSUL and monitored by the Licence Commission for the rest of the 2015 season, we are satisfied by this decision which we believe is proportionate," UCI president Brian Cookson said.