Vinokourov at Kessler's service

Astana's Alexandre Vinokourov has made it clear that he wasn't going to be team leader at the...

Astana's Alexandre Vinokourov has made it clear that he wasn't going to be team leader at the upcoming Liège-Bastonge-Liège. "I'm not here to win," the Kazakhstani told Sporza one day before the last of the Ardennes Classics. Instead, he will be a first-class helper for his German team-mate 'Matze' Kessler.

"My form is on the right path, but I'll ride a 100 percent for Matthias Kessler," Vinokourov continued. "In the Flèche Wallonne, I felt that I had good legs. But this year, everything is for the Tour. That is my main goal. Of course you have to race to prepare for it, though - and Liège is a beautiful and hard competition."

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