Monday, August 03, 2009

Look Who's Back

VeloNews reports that Alexandre Vinokourov will race this week in the criterium race at Castillon-la-Bataille in southwestern France.

Vino's been out for two years serving a ban for homologous blood doping. They say he'll be back in full Astana kit. I don't think it takes much of a leap to think that this is a big part of the reason for the departure of Lance and the impending departure of Contador from the Kazakh team.

When someone's done their time, you hope that you can respect it and wish them well. The lying and denying of charges dampens that respect, but one thing's for sure: A race with Vino in it is usually more exciting to watch than one without him.

Let's hope he stays clean.

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