The winner Alexandre Vinokourov said, “I’ve turned the page.” He caused his team Astana to pull out of the race and was kicked off the second stage win for the 2007 Tour de France because of blood doping.
Vinokourov leaves a pool of all-time favorites well-wishers in awe when he bagged the oldest one-day classic for the second time.
Vinokourov was banned for two years after he won the same title last 2005. Now, he comes back with a blast by finishing first over Alexandre Kolobnev of Russia who finished second and Alejandro Valverde (who won twice) of Spain who stood in third place in just a little over six and a half hours.
Vino who was consistently denying the cause of his suspension is equipped with much strength. His winning the Italy Tour if Trentino, with Kolobnev seemingly alongside him in the final 15 km of the race, is plain proof of that he is indeed back.
“I’ve returned stronger than before and I’ve shown everybody that ‘Vino’ is back. This team was created for and also thanks to me. I’ve completed my punishment so I don’t see why I shouldn’t come back.”
Vinokourov and Kolobnev managed to have a vital 30-sec lead on the trio of Cadel Evans, Philippe Gilbert and Valverde right behind them.
Though Gilbert who lived in one of the tracks challenging climbs and thought to have advantage was able to counter-attck Valverde on the last and 10th climb in San Nicloas, he still failed in trying to close in the gap.
In the end, in spite of being unable to attack because of losing contact from the team to be informed of time gaps, Vino takes on the win!