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Astana cyclist arrested in France for speeding while drunk

28 july 2011, 13:18
Valentin Iglinskiy, a Kazakh cyclist of Astana team was arrested by French police in Nice for speeding. His blood test showed excess alcohol content, French VeloChrono.fr reports.

He was driving at 203 km/h where the allowed speed cap was 110 km/h.

Besides, the report says that traces of cocaine were found. But no details on whether the cocaine was in his car or in his blood are available.

According to Astana team fan site, doping commissioners from the UCI (International Cycling Union) visited the sportsman in the morning today, on July 28, to take his blood for a doping test. Results of the test are not available yet.

Iglinskiy denies use of any drugs and regrets speeding.

Valentin Iglinskiy, 27, has been part of Astana since 2010. Cycling experts consider him one of the most promising sprinters in the world. He did not take part in this year’s Tour de France unlike his older brother Maksim Iglinskiy who is also part of the team.

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