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Cycling: Vinokourov will auction out his Olympic gold-winning bicycle

01 august 2012, 19:01
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Kazakhstan professional cyclist Alexandre Vinokourov is going to auction out the bicycle he rode at the Olympics when he won the first gold medal for Kazakhstan national team, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing Express-K.

“I’d like to bring the bicycle that I rode at the Olympic race back to Astana and to put it up for auction. I think it will be bought in no time. I will donate the money from the auction to children,” the 38-y.o. athlete said.

Vinokourov has gained the 2012 London Olympic Games gold medal by winning the men's Olympic road race. He covered the 248-kilometer distance in 5 hours 45 minutes and 57 seconds, leaving behind Columbia’s Rigoberto Uran at the last meters of the race. Later on Vinokourov announced his retirement. He said that he preferred to quit after a big success, same as many prominent cyclists had done before him.

“This is my final decision and I made it before the Olympics. I am sure that it was for a reason that I returned to cycling after I fell during last year's Tour de France race. I have achieved the goal that I dreamed of. And this is a well-deserved reward for my efforts. I have won almost every cycling award there was during my professional career. And I am drawing down the curtain now,” the athlete said.

The cyclist won Spanish Vuelta in 2006 and silver medal in 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Vinokourov was caught blood doping during the 2007 Tour de France and was disqualified for two years. Vinokourov fell during the 9th stage of Tour de France in 2011 and broke his right femur.

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