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Vuelta Rider Gallery: Alexandre Vinokourov

By:
Cycling News
Published:
September 02, 2009, 15:58 BST,
Updated:
September 13, 2009, 14:19 BST
Race:
Vuelta a España
Feeling grand: Alexandre Vinokourov enjoyed a little media attention ahead of this Grand Tour return.

Feeling grand: Alexandre Vinokourov enjoyed a little media attention ahead of this Grand Tour return.

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Alexandre Vinokourov's involvement with this year's Vuelta a España was one of the hottest topics in the lead up to the race. Bold pre-Tour de France statements gave the impression of a triumphant return to the helm of Astana. Instead, the Kazakh was tied up in negotiations until days before the Vuelta's start.

He played down expectations of a high overall finish before the race, but Vinokourov looked in good shape as he rolled down the start ramp in Assen. Time will tell whether Vinokourov can return to the top of the Vuelta podium. This image gallery will capture the key moments throughout his race.

Click here for an image gallery of Alexandre Vinokourov's Vuelta a España.

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