My first reaction to reading Vino had won L-B-L this morning was, “Oh god damn it.”
Now I see I was not alone in that assessment. The fans actually booed him as he crossed the line. Nothing like a fine welcome back for a previous winner (in 2005) of the event.
Despite getting booed as he crossed the finish line Sunday in victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, a repentant Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) said fans and journalists should believe him when he says his win was clean.
Vinokourov’s victory Sunday made more than a few people uncomfortable, including some fans who jeered and whistled when he crossed the line in Ans to win Liège in his first major win since coming back from a two-year doping ban last summer.
Read the rest: velonews.competitor.com.
Same deal at Cyclingnews:
Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) was booed by some of the crowd at the finish of Liège-Bastogne-Liège today and was then grilled by the press about his remarkable victory.
Read the rest: cyclingnews.com.
The questions inevitably squared up on his choice of training locations: Why were in you Tenerife?
More doping questions followed about why Vinokourov had recently been training in Tenerife, where disgraced sports doctors Eufemiano Fuentes and Michele Ferrari are alleged to work. Vinokourov specifically denied working with Dr Ferrari.
“Fuentes might be in Tenerife, and Ferrari could be in Saint-Moritz but those are great training locations and I can still train where I want to,” Vinokourov insisted.
“I was in Tenerife with a group of about twenty-five riders, including riders from Liquigas. The hotels were full. Who knows, maybe next year some French riders might even join us…
“I’ve been going to Tenerife since 2003 because it’s the ideal location for me. There’s the altitude, the weather and the accommodation to focus on training. I can’t concentrate on training when I’m at home in Monaco because the family and children don’t allow that. I’m not working with them (the doctors). After 2007 I realized that I don’t need a coach. In 2008 and 2009 I trained on my own and this year I’m sometimes asking advice from the team coach. But I’ve got ten years of experience and I’m even passing on my experience to the younger riders in the team.”
When you hear names like Fuentes and Ferrari, you know it’s all gone to shit.by