Astana has reinstated cyclist Miguel Angel Lopez after an investigation.

Astana has reinstated cyclist Miguel Angel Lopez after an investigation.

FILE – Miguel Angel Lopez of Colombia crosses the line to win the 18th stage of the La Vuelta cycling race between Salles and Alto de Gamonitero in Spain on September 2, 2021. A Kazakh cycling team said on Friday, July 22, 2022, that it is connected to a drug trafficking investigation in Spain.Lalo R. Villar / A.P

MADRID (AP) — The Astana team on Monday reinstated Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez after Spain’s drug-trafficking investigation.

Lopez was temporarily suspended by the Kazakhstan team after hearing that he had been questioned during an investigation into a Spanish doctor suspected of drug trafficking.

“Based on the information received, the Astana Kazakhstan team has been advised that in the absence of any findings by the Spanish authorities or the UCI, it is not in a position to continue the ban or further deprive the rider of his contractual rights,” the team said in a statement. “Miguel Angel Lopez has been temporarily reintegrated as part of the Astana Kazakhstan team and will return to his previously agreed racing plan.”

Lopez, 28, is set to compete in the Burgos Vuelta and the Spanish Vuelta starting this month.

“The team will monitor the situation closely and will not hesitate to take decisive measures depending on the development of the situation,” Astana said.

López won one stage at the 2020 Tour de France, in addition to three stage wins at the Vuelta a España. He finished third in the 2018 Giro d’Italia and won the 2019 Volta de Catalunya and the 2016 Tour de Suisse.


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