Alexandre Vinokourov Tour de France 2007 stage 15

Alexandre Vinokourov has been banned for just one year by the Kazakhstan Cycling Federation after his positive test for blood doping during this year?s Tour de France but has announced his retirement, insisting he is innocent.

Under UCI and WADA rules a rider is usually given a two-year ban but national federation and the Kazakhstan Federations decide on suspension and clearly did its up most to help Vinokourov make a comeback in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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