Who are Nicolas and Alexandre Vinokourov? Twins with a famous father

QURAYYAT OMAN FEBRUARY 12 LR Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazahkstan and Nicolas Vinokourov of Kazahkstan and Astana Qazaqstan Development Team prior to the 11th Tour Of Oman 2022 Stage 3 a 180km stage from Sultan Qaboos University to Qurayyat 240m TourofOman on February 12 2022 in Qurayyat Oman Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Nicolas and Alexandre Vinokourov at the start of the third stage of the Tour of Oman (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

It was over a decade ago when a Vinokourov last raced in Oman, the Kazakhstani rider starting his 13th and penultimate professional season in the Gulf state, an affinity between the two oil-based Asian states, however slight and forgettable.

This year sees the return of the famous Kazkhstani surname to the early season race, though the 2022 meeting comes via teenagers with French accents rather than the national hero and now-boss of the Astana Qazaqstan team.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

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