Tour de France - Vinokourov explains decision to race on
Thu, 13 Oct 09:14:00 2011
Alexandre Vinokourov has explained his decided to race on next season, having previously retired following his accident at the Tour de France.
The Kazakh rider, 38, had initially announced his retirement in July after breaking his leg in a bad crash at the Tour de France - he had always been set to quit at the end of the 2011 season, with the injury accelerating his decision.
He soon reversed this decision, electing to race until the end of the season following a quicker than anticipated recovery, and has now decided to race next season too.
"I went through a lot after my crash at the Tour," the Astana rider told Eurosport. "But I didn't want to quit on that note.
"I didn't want to go out like that. Then I thought 'maybe I can race one more Tour (de France), so I decided to carry on."
Vinokourov has had an illustrious but chequered career, with a 2006 Vuelta a Espana win and four stage victories at the Tour de France tempered by a failed blood doping test at the 2007 Tour.
He initially retired after that scandal but returned two years later.
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