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Vinokourov stays cool

Vinokourov

Vinokourov (Image credit: Shane Stokes)

By Antonio J. Salmerón

After disputing the Volta a Catalunya, Alexander Vinokourov is now taking part in the Dauphiné Libéré, in which he will compete with his potential rivals for the 2007 Tour de France. "I feel very well. This race will allow me to get better as well as it is a more important test for me," said the Kazakh leader of Astana to Cyclingnews.

He is aiming for the general classification of the Tour de France, although he assured, "I don't feel any pressure, because I was already on the podium in 2003, so I know exactly what to do to get on it again. Since then I have gained more experience, and so I can do better. Mentally, I'm very motivated."

When he finishes his participation in the Dauphiné Libéré, he will dispute the national championship in Kazakhstan. Vinokourov refused to talk about doping. "Only cycling, competitions, my rivals..." concluded the 33 year-old.

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