July 26, 2008
Another one bites the dust. Gusev gets cut from Astana because of “irregular blood values”.
“Vladimir Gusev has been officially notified that he no longer represents Team Astana,” Bruyneel said. “Our Kazakh sponsors have also been made aware of this decision and are fully supportive.” Gusev, 26, the now former team-mate of 2007 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, came over to the Discovery Channel team from Team CSC in 2006. He followed Bruyneel from that team to Astana this year. A four-time Russian time trial champion, Gusev was considered to be a Classics specialist, finishing fifth in the 2007 Tour of Flanders. But he stunned the cycling world by taking a mountain stage win and the climber’s jersey at the Tour de Suisse that year.
Add him to the growing list of ex-Discovery riders with similar blood problems. Not that it’s a causal relationship, mind. Just a correlation.