Vino more or less 100 percent

Soloing across the line to take his first elite national road championship victory in Almaty last Sunday, Alexandre Vinokourov's quick trip back home to Kazakhstan proved very useful indeed. Like numerous other national champions, Sunday, July 3 - the first road stage of the Tour de France from Challans to Les Essarts - will be the first opportunity for him to show off his newfound champion's jersey.

After a very solid Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, the 31 year-old said he wanted to ride the Kazakhstan national championships as his final warm-up before the Tour, where he and Andreas Klöden will arguably be Jan Ullrich's most valuable team-mates in the German's quest for a second overall title.

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