Kessler sacked by Astana

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13/07/07/Matthias Kessler was sacked by his Astana team today after Swiss Cycling announced that Kessler's B-sample was positive as well.

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Matthias Kessler just after he finished fourth at this years Fleche Wallonne (picture:Cyclingheroes)

As reported German rider Matthias Kessler tested positive on testosterone. The sample was taken at April 24, one day before this years edition of the Belgian classic 'Fleche Wallonne'. The A sample hat a testosterone ratio of 84,5:1, allowed is 4:1.

The 28 year old rider was suspended two weeks ago by his team, Astana, after the news of the positive A sample was announced by the UCI. Kessler lives in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland and therefore he has a Swiss license.

Today Swiss Cycling announced that Kesslers B sample is positive on testosterone as well. According to German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung the ratio of the B sample is even higher as in the A sample.

In a press release the Astana team announced that Kessler was fired today with immediate effect. 

After the announcement of the positive A sample, Kessler insisted his innocense. Kessler said two weeks ago that the cause could be nutrition supplements with Chinese writing on the packaging. Kessler could be punished with a two year ban.

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