Alexander Nikolaevich Vinokourov, the professional bicycle racer from Kazakhstan is now functioning as the general manager of UCI ProTeam Astana. Vinokourov was also the national cycling champion in Kazakhstan and grabbed two medals in the Summer Olympics also. Adding to it, as a cyclist, he got two bronzes in World Championships, four stages wins each in the Tour de France as well as Vuelta a España, and an overall title in the year 2006.
Creating the latest in news about him, Vinokourov grabbed a commendable victory in the men’s cycling road race, by dashing off the British hopes of gold, in the full day competition at the London Olympic. Vinokourov tactfully surged past the Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran during the final stretch near the London Buckingham Palace after the most boasted a British team ultimately failed in a frantic attempt to lessen the gap of less than a minute behind the leading pack and pave way for the world champion Mark Cavendish to grab the victory.
Vinokourov was previously banned from racing for 2 years in 2007 for blood doping. He announced his retirement from professional cycling after the last year Tour de France; however it is evident that he failed in resisting the urge to get back on his bike again. Vinokourov also suffered a very serious crash during the 2011 Tour de France, which also poised a threat to prematurely end Vinokourov’s cycling career again after the successful return.
However, later that year, he announced his return for another season in 2012 – clearly keeping an eye on the London Olympics and now proving that it was a quite apt decision for him to be made. Vinokourov played the vital role of an ultimate spoiler when he dramatically won the gold in men’s road race after breaking-away with the Colombian Rigoberto Urán in the closing miles.