Vinokourov will ride this week
By Agence France Presse
Editor’s note: This corrects an earlier version of the article that said Vinokourov was “expected” to ride in Astana kit.
Alexander Vinokourov will return to racing Tuesday after serving a two-year doping ban for homologous blood doping at the 2007 Tour de France.
Vinokourov will get back in the saddle for Tuesday’s criterium race at Castillon-la-Bataille in southwestern France, organizers said.
“It is his first race after a two-year suspension, the return of a well-known rider who has turned in some performances; someone whose image has become tarnished and who wants to prove something,” said race organizer George Barriere.
There is speculation that the 35-year-old Vinokourov will line up in an Astana team kit. However, there is no confirmation from the racer or the team.
Vinokourov has been free to race since the end of his blood doping ban on July 23. His anticipated return to the team he helped organize was at least partly responsible for the expected departure of director Johan Bruyneel and some riders, including seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong.