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LEADED: Vino’s notes on Astana Iglinskiy press release.

  PLEASE SEE MY COMMENTS IN ALL CAPS. LETS DO BETTER NEXT TIME, VINO. Astana Pro Team very much regrets (DAMN!!! WE CAUGHT CAUGHT AGAIN. GUYS, DID NOBODY READ MY DECEPTION GUIDELINES?) that Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy unexpectedly (HA HA, “UNEXPECTEDLY” — LOVE THAT. NICE USE OF IRONY!) returned adverse analytical findings for EPO, and […]

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Nibali in Tour of Almaty. No really.

Ahh, the Giro d’Italia, Le Tour de France, La Vuelta a Espãna and the Tour of Almaty. No wait, something odd here. Almaty? Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali announced he has just ended his 2014 racing season at the World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain but not really. He’s going to now ride the Tour of Almaty […]

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Vincenzo Nibali, Mr Tranquillo.

  Okay, new full time job killed the blog for a few weeks — RIGHT AT TOUR TIME — but we’ve got our priorities back in place. Unpaid cycling blog first, actual career with paycheck, second. So back to France, le Grand Shindig and the man of the match Vincenzo Nibali. If you were to […]

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Vinokourov unsure of bribe for Coppi e Bartali race.

Alexander Vinokourov plans to start his 2012 racing season — hopefully his last — at the Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali at the end of March. There’s just one hitch: he doesn’t know how much the race is worth. When Vino won the 2010 Leige-Bastogne-Leige, he supposedly payed Alexandr Kolobnev 100,000 euros not to […]

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The letter V. The evil letter of pro cycling.

What is it with the letter V and cycling’s dark side? We picked up the laptop this morning to find three different stories all showcasing the letter V and its damaging effect on cycling. First, Alejandro Valverde is back with Movistar (Caisse, part II) after his two year doping suspension with claims he did “nothing […]

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Vino bribe to win Leige-Bastogne. Will he pay?

What do you call this one — a performance enhancing bribe? The email evidence that bad-boy Alexander Vinokourov brought his 2010 Liege Bastogne-Liege victory from Alexandr Kolobnev is damning. However, the real character flaw for the Astana rider is that not only is he a liar and a cheat but worse, he’s a slow pay. […]

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Vino won’t die. Unretires to save Astana.

We thought we’d seen the last of Alexander Vinokourov when he flew off the road in the Tour de France and broke his leg and a few other essentials. Said he was done, finished, limping off into the Kazakh sunset. Vino is back again. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator cyborg, you simply can’t kill the thing. […]

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Vino, Van Den Broeck, Twisted Spoke have chutes avec gravity.

How to get to the Tour de France from north of San Francisco, California. Simple, if you’re a masochist. One hour bus to airport, three hour flight to Dallas, two hour lay-over, 10 hours or some such torture to Paris, fly through the night with not one minute of sleep with a center row seat and […]

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Tour de France countdown. 5 days to Vino finito.

It’s the swan song of the kazak bad-boy Alexander Vinokourov. For perhaps his final tour and trick, Vino is the undisputed leader of the pale blue and yellow of Astana in the 2011 Tour de France. Who didn’t love Vino back in the day, the Telekom days when he was brash, unrestrained, a fiery ball […]

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