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giro might be final grand tour win for vinokourov 300x200   Giro Might be Final Grand Tour Win for VinokourovThe 36 year old Alexandre Vinokourov is seeing the Giro d’Italia as one of his last chances in winning another Grand Tour. However, he will be riding with Astana teammate Alberto Contador at the Tour de France. With a big smile Vinokourov said, “This has been the first real quiet day,” after winning the first stage of this year’s Giro. “I had to pay attention to avoid the crashes. That gives me one more day in pink. Our team profited from the work of the sprinters’ team. As usual, the finale was a bit nervous,” he added. The day after his victory, he explained, “I attacked because I’m a rider who likes to attack,” His aggressive strategy with in the last 15 kilometers of stage nine gave him the win. Tailing him were Evans, Garzelli and Scarponi among other tough riders.

Vinokourov, the 2006 winner of the Vuelta a Espana and ten days into his first Giro d’Italia said that he could see corsa rosa much clearer now. He added, “It’s even harder than the Tour de France! And the mountains that await us are more difficult than those of the Tour.”

He is confident that it won’t be a problem for him to have not familiarized with the crucial stages of the Giro. On Wednesday, kicks off stage 11 from Lucera to L’Aquila, a 262 km stage with features no quite different from that of Liege-Bastogne-Leige, where Alexandre won last month the second time around.

He said, “It’s gonna be hard with 260 kilometers to cover. I think my team will control {things}. I can’t say that I want to win that stage but I know after 230 kilometers, it’s a different race, it becomes like a Classic. I don’t exactly know the course.” It is going to be a lot of leg work Vinokourov believes. He has pictured the mountains in his mind and is aware that three or four riders vying for the win namely; Evans, Nibali, Basso and he said, “Any of us can have a bad day, myself included. I race peacefully. It would be a mistake to think that Evans is my only rival. Nibali is also motivated and Basso even more. Nibali came here to help Basso but he might try and win himself.”

Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan, is ready to face the odds. He finished the Tour de France in 2005 riding with third placer, Jan Ullrich. He explained, “I’m 36 year-old but my friends tell me that I’m physically and mentally five times stronger than five years ago. For now, I’m 100 percent focused on the Giro,” he said. “After that, I’ll take ten days rest and I’ll prepare for the Tour de France. I’ll do it to help Alberto Contador win.”