Miguel Angel López has been forced to stop participating in any future activities by his team Astana Qazaqstan. The decision to suspend Miguel came in on 22nd July, Friday, following Spanish reports which hint at a link between Miguel and Dr. Marcos Maynar Mariño.
Dr. Marcos Maynar Mariño was arrested in May, for dealing in drugs and money laundering crimes, allegedly. Astana Qazaqstan took to their social media to clear the air on the matter. They were very specific that they had no knowledge of the matter, whatsoever. Their post read:
The news that was spread in the media yesterday evening caught us by surprise, and at the moment we do not have any details
The news that was spread in the media yesterday evening caught us by surprise, and at the moment we do not have any details. In this regard, the team decided to suspend Miguel Angel Lopez from any activity within the team until all the circumstances of the case are clarified.
— Astana Qazaqstan Team (@AstanaQazTeam) July 22, 2022
Miguel has been absent from racing since the Giro d’Italia. However, it was being speculated that he will return to racing in Prueba Villafranca-Clásica de Ordizia, scheduled for Monday. He was also expected to lead the team at Vuelta a Espana. But now, even being selected is in question.
Dr. Marcos Maynar Mariño was let free to go on bail, But his hearing will be held at court in August. The only difference is that Miguel will be joining him now. Mynar shed some light on the matter, but he comes off as ignorant of the consequences he could face:
I hope they don’t convict me; because of what may have been a problem, I was not aware.
He continued to say:
I have never been convicted. It is always said that they accuse me, but it is never said that I have been acquitted. I, thank God, do not have a criminal record … My conscience is clear
The Colombian cyclist is being inquired in Spain for allegedly distributing unauthorized medicines.
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