Alexandre Vinokourov wants the 2009 world title

Alexandre Vinokourov Astana

Alexandre Vinokourov looks set to return to the pro peloton this summer and has his sights set on winning the world title in Mendrisio in Switzerland.

The disgraced Kazakh rider has not raced since fleeing his team hotel in Pau at the 2007 Tour de France after he returned a positive test for blood doping following his two stage wins.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.