Giro del Vino.
Alexander Vinokourov is back in the winner circle again. He’s unrepentant, he’s unapologetic and yes, he’s unbelievably fast. No doubt the UCI will have an even tighter focus on Vino that famed cycling photographer Graham Watson.
In the short 12.5 kilometer time trial that opened the Giro del Trentino, Vino scorched the scenic course around Italy’s Garda. He smacked the clock to a stop at 15:07 and second place finisher Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone) was a full 16 seconds back wondering what juice Vino was on. Pomegranate, cranberry, maybe an Arnold Palmer with special additives.
Cobra man, errant boyfriend and absentee father Riccardo Ricco (Ceramica Flaminia) took eighth place, 30 seconds off Vino’s terminal velocity. Last year’s winner Ivan Basso (Liquigas) limped in, yes, we’re going with limped, at 13th bad luck place. Ivan, you out of Liquigas, man?
Vinokourov slipped on the first leaders jersey at the Giro del Trentino but said that keeping it isn’t his top goal. That would be avoiding another positive doping test result, we’re guessing.
“On Sunday I’ll be in Liège[-Bastogne-Liège] with strong ambitions, it’s better to measure out my efforts. Here in Trentino I face a lot of competitors strongly wishing to get the overall,” he said.