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Vinokourov won’t start Tour

The Telekom team has announced that Alexandre Vinokourov will not start the 89th Tour de France on Saturday.Vinokourov, 28, who won Paris-Nice at the start of the season, was set to work for teammate Erik Zabel throughout the 3272km three-week race after team leader Jan Ullrich was forced to pull out after recent knee surgery. Neither the team nor Tour organizers have yet said why Vinokourov would not be starting the race.

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The Telekom team has announced that Alexandre Vinokourov will not start the 89th Tour de France on Saturday.Vinokourov, 28, who won Paris-Nice at the start of the season, was set to work for teammate Erik Zabel throughout the 3272km three-week race after team leader Jan Ullrich was forced to pull out after recent knee surgery.

Neither the team nor Tour organizers have yet said why Vinokourov would not be starting the race.