Olympic road champ says he may not be done racing, but wants to take on a director role after a vacation
Olympic road race champion Alexander Vinokourov rode what he had planned to be his final race as a professional on Wednesday in the Olympic time trial and said afterward that he may continue in select events in 2012 and would like to work as a sports director.
Vinokourov finished 23rd in the TT, almost five minutes adrift of gold medalist Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain). He looked to his future after retirement, but said he may show at select events during the remainder of 2012 to ride as the reining gold medalist.
“I just won an Olympic title. It was a dream, so I cannot be sad,” said Vinokourov. “This is the last important race of my career, but I might race some other races at the end of this season as an Olympic champion.”
Vinokourov is closely tied with the Astana ProTeam and has been linked to the squad as a sporting manager following his retirement. Vinokourov, Kazakhstan’s most successful professional ever, was key in the creation of the team in 2006 and re-joined the squad in 2009, following his two-year doping ban. He would join four other directors, including Guido Bontempi, in the management of Guiseppe Martinelli’s squad.
“We have talked about me working as a sport director, but now I am going to take a vacation for two weeks,” said Vinokourov. “Yes, I would like to be a sport director.”