Vinokourov to skip the Spring Classics and P-N in 2006

Alexander Vinokourov will be focusing his attention on the Tour de France in 2006 with his new team,...

Alexander Vinokourov will be focusing his attention on the Tour de France in 2006 with his new team, Liberty Seguros-Wurth. His preparations will be different, he says in an interview on the team's website:

"I will make my debut in the Vuelta a Murcia and then I will ride Milan-San Remo and the Setmana Catalana. This year, I will neither be in Paris-Nice nor the classics, which have always motivated me, but that also means an added stress. On the other hand, I will probably do the Tour of Georgia and, then the Dauphiné Libéré."

He is pleased with his chances at the Tour with Liberty, saying, "The team has a lot of experience in this race, it works very well for its leader and gives the maximum for him." In a swipe at his former T-Mobile Team, he adds, "Besides, there are no other aims here, you don't work for a sprinter, nor do you think about the green maillot either."

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

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