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    Vinokourov announces his retirement

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/alex...his-retirement

    Well looks like he's finally done. It's too bad he had to end on such a bad note... broken femur, ouch. He was always fun to watch.
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    well, can't blame him, his season is effectively done and he's had a great career, aside from the doping...he'll have his job at Astana. Good luck, Vino! I always liked him.
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    Too bad. He always could be counted on to do something insane. If he had made it to the Pyrenees I think the GC class would have been a little more interesting with him maybe making an suicidal attack on one of the mountain stages.

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    He'll be missed. Liked and disliked. With Vino in the field, one could almost always count on something interesting happening.
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    I wish more contenders would attack like Vino did. I'm going to miss the animation that he always brought to races. Hope he fares well wherever he ends up.
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    He was always one of the most exciting guys to watch, even if some of his attacks made you scratch your head. It's too bad he has to go out with an injury like that. I think he plans on being a DS, and I hope he can give his team that same attacking spirit.
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    I remember when he attacked Ullrich in the Tour... when they were both on the same team.

    He was definitely entertaining and courageous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    I remember when he attacked Ullrich in the Tour... when they were both on the same team.

    He was definitely entertaining and courageous.
    That had to be the all time best. Only Vino would get dropped early on the climb. Then he go crazy and and fly up and catch up to his teammates Ullrich and Kloden, who were trying to deal with Lance. But instead of slowing to recover a bit with them, Vino just blows by. Of course, he went up the road, blew up, and got dropped by all of them again. Classic Vino. Dude rode with gusto.
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    one of a kind. a man of few words. let his legs do the talking. everyone's pumped about thor this year but vino would attack
    on the gnarliest mountain stages, on the flats and on the champs-elysee, getting away with it often enuff that he couldn't
    be disregarded. the ultimate joker or monkey-wrench. yah, he will definitely be missed.
    here's hoping he commands the team as a ds like he rode-predictably unpredictable and counter-intuitively.

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    Rode a great support ride for Contador.

    Always a great attacker, would have liked to see him in the mix at this point, this year.

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    He can spend more time with the one he loves...



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    I too wish him well but NOT as a DS.

    I don't care how exciting a rider he was he still is a doper who never admitted his guilt or apologised.
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    Agreed. He didn't handle the doping well. But, He did have me on the edge of my seat because he would do the unexpected and make riders react. Not many can do that. I wish it hadn't ended like that. He was fun to watch.

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    I liked his attacks. Thought he rode very well. The doping was bad but he did do his time. Sucks to go out with an injury.

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