Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 20. Chapters: Alexander Vinokourov, Alexandre Shefer, Alexey Kolessov, Alexsandr Dyachenko, Andrey Kashechkin, Andrey Kivilev, Andrey Mizurov, Andrey Teteryuk, Andrey Zeits, Assan Bazayev, Berik Kupeshov, Bolat Raimbekov, Dimitry Muravyev, Dmitriy Gruzdev, Dmitry Fofonov, Evgeniy Sladkov, Maxim Gourov, Maxim Iglinsky, Roman Kireyev, Sergey Renev, Serguei Yakovlev, Valentin Iglinsky, Valeriy Dmitriyev, Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy, Zulfiya Zabirova. Excerpt: Alexander Nikolaevich Vinokourov, (Russian: ; born 16 September 1973 in Beskol near Petropavl) is a Kazakh professional road bicycle racer who currently competes with the UCI ProTeam Astana. His achievements include two bronze medals at the World Championships, four stage wins in the Tour de France, four in the Vuelta a España plus the overall title in 2006, two Liège-Bastogne-Liège monuments, one Amstel Gold Race, and most recently, the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics Men's Road Race. Vinokourov is a past national champion of Kazakhstan, and a dual-medalist at the Summer Olympics. Vinokourov began cycling in 1984 as an 11 year-old, competing within the former Soviet Union. He moved to France in 1997 to finish his amateur career, and then turned professional there in 1998. After almost a decade as a professional, Vinokourov was caught blood-doping during the 2007 Tour de France, which triggered the withdrawal of the entire Astana team from that year's race. After a 2-year suspension from competition, he returned to cycling in August 2009, riding first for the national team of Kazakhstan and then for his beloved Astana. A serious crash during the 2011 Tour de France threatened to prematurely end Vinokourov's career for a second time, but he announced he would continue for one more season in 2012 - with an eye towards competing in the Olympic Games in London. There, Vino played the role of ultimate spoiler when he dramatically won the gold medal in the men's road race after breaking-away in the closing miles with Colombian Rigoberto Uran. According to his father Nikolay, Vinokourov began cycling at age 11 when he joined a branch of the Petropavl's Children and Youth Sports School. The Frenchman Vincent Lavenu, who would later offer Vinokourov his first professional contract, reported that the young Kazakhstani was training on the road every day at age 11, and also competing in cyclo-cross. In 1986 at age 13, Vinokourov became an athlete at a sports school in Al
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