CAS dismisses Kashechkin appeal against 2-year ban

August 07. AP. LAUSANNE, Switzerland

CAS dismisses Kashechkin appeal against 2-year banSport’s highest court has dismissed an appeal by Kazakh cyclist Andrei Kashechkin against a two-year ban for blood doping shortly after he was kicked out of the 2007 Tour de France.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld on Friday the suspension imposed by the Kazakhstan Cycling Federation. The suspension also expired Friday and the 29-year-old former Astana can return to racing.

Kashechkin was eighth overall in the 2007 Tour when he and the rest of the Astana riders had to leave after team leader Alexander Vinokourov tested positive for blood doping.

Kashechkin was on vacation two weeks later when he was caught having used the same doping method as Vinokourov. He was sacked by Astana after his B-sample also tested positive.