PARIS, France -- Kazakh cyclist Andrey Kashechkin has been sacked by his Astana team following confirmation of a positive test for blood doping.
Kashechkin tested positive after a random doping control while he was training in Turkey.
His team leader, Alexandre Vinokourov, was sacked during the Tour de France after a positive test, also for homologous blood doping.
A statement by the embattled Kazakh team, which is registered in Switzerland, said: "As it was to be expected the B sample of Andrey Kashechkin has also tested positive for blood doping.
"The Kazakh rider had been tested during a random doping control on August 1. After being temporarily suspended by the Astana cycling team, Andrey Kashechkin is dismissed with immediate effect."
Kashechkin, who finished third overall in last year's Tour of Spain -- which will begin this Saturday -- was caught during a random doping control while he was training in Turkey.
Vinokourov and Kashechkin have both protested their innocence and vowed to fight the sanctions. The riders are facing two-year bans from the sport. E-mail to a friend