Biography

 

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Alexandr Vinokurov, a former Kazakh professional road bicycle racer, stood out for his exceptional talent since turning pro in 1998. After earning silver in the 2000 Olympic Games, he won the Tour of Germany in 2001, the Paris-Nice road race in 2002 and 2003 and the Liège-Bastogne-Liège road race in 2005. His best season was in 2003 when he won Paris-Nice for a second time, secured victories in the Tour of Switzerland and Amstel Gold Race, and finished third in the Tour de France.


In 2006, Alexandr won the Tour of Spain with the new team Astana and in 2010, Liège-Bastogne-Liège for a second time. A few days after suffering a fall in the 2011 Tour de France, he announced his retirement from professional racing, but in 2012 he returned to competition for an Olympic swansong at the London Games. He took home gold in the road race, his final victory to top off a 15-year professional career that had earned him over 60 wins.

 

Today, Alexandr is General Manager of the Astana cycling team. In order to give something back to his country, in 2013 he established a fund aimed at encouraging the development of cycling in Kazakhstan.

 
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