Hero to Zero: Vino tests positive, Astana quits Tour

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The Tour de France was rocked by news that Astana's battered team leader, Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for a homologous blood transfusion after Saturday's time trial in Albi. L'Equipe reported on Tuesday afternoon that the Kazakh's blood had shown evidence of a transfusion from another person with a compatible blood type in an analysis done in the Ch√Ętenay-Malabry laboratory.

...Upon receiving the news, the Astana team has allegedly quit the Tour, according to the French newspaper.

Update: VeloNews News Flash

This on the same day that Petacchi was cleared of doping charges.

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