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Cycling's anti-doping authority has investigated links between the Astana team and the world's most notorious doping doctor Michele Ferrari, Danish news outlet Politiken reports on its English site.
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3 Feb 2020 - 1:38 PM  UPDATED 3 Feb 2020 - 8:54 PM

Claiming to have cited a secret 24-page report commissioned by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), Politiken reports Ferrari was seen with the team last year and recently met with Alexey Lutsenko and 2019 Criterium Du Dauphine and Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion Jakob Fuglsang.  

"CADF intelligence indicates that Astana Pro Team cyclist Jakob Fuglsang is under Michele Ferrari's doping program, and that teammate Alexey LUTSENKO was present during at least one meeting between the two in Nice/Monaco," Politiken quotes the report. 

"Specifically, intelligence provided by CADF indicates that Michele Ferrari was present at the Volta a Catalunya with the Astana Pro Team in March 2019, has a base in Lugano, Switzerland, and has recently met with Fuglsang and Lutsenko in Nice and/or Monaco," the report says. 

Politiken claims it has spoken to 12 credible sources separate from the CADF report. The news site has also reached out several times to Danish star Fuglsang, Lutsenko and the Astana team but they refuse to comment.

"Don't want to comment on a report based on indications and rumors as there is no official message from the UCI or CADF," Politiken states. 

The Italian doctor is banned for life by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after admitting in 2012 he was the mastermind behind Lance Armstrong’s extensive doping program which included EPO, testosterone and blood transfusions.  

Ferrari also worked with 2012 Olympic champion and current Astana sport director, Alexandre Vinokourov who was suspended for two years in 2007 for blood doping. 

Politiken also quotes CADF director Olivier Banuls in its piece. 

"CADF cannot discuss its activities," director Olivier Banuls said. But Politiken says Banuls stated generally, "It is of great benefit in the fight against doping when the relevant authorities are provided with all information that may exist in relation to potential doping or doping-related activities." 

Politiken said it received this statement from the UCI in connection with the claims.

"As of today, the UCI has not received a report from the CADF in order to initiate proceedings against the individuals and the team mentioned. Our Federation is following this case closely and will take the appropriate measures in the interests of cycling."

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