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Alexandre Vinokourov becomes Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Joe Robinson
9 Sep 2019

Astana team boss takes age-group title in Ironman 70.3 competition

Astana team boss and one of cycling's greatest pantomime villains, Alexandre Vinokourov, has been crowned age-group Ironman World Champion.

The former professional cyclist took the Ironman 70.3 World title for the 45 to 49 age group in Nice, France. The Kazakh won in a time of 4:28:47, beating Laurent Lambert of France by 15 seconds.

The former Vuelta a Espana champion posted some respectable times on course to the win.

Covering the swim in a mediocre 33 minutes 55 seconds, Vinokourov made his real gains on the 90km bike ride in 2 hours 24 seconds, almost 10 minutes faster than his closest competitor.

With that buffer, it was no problem that the 45-year-old lost five minutes on the 21.1km run five to Lambert, in 1 hour 25 minutes, as he had done enough on the bike to take the title.

To put Vinokurov's performance into context, the same distance was covered by overall winner Gustav Iden of Norway in a time of 3 hours 52 minutes, 36 minutes faster than Vinokourov.

Vinokourov has been balancing life as an age-group Ironman athlete with the management of the Astana WorldTour team for some years, completing in the full-length Ironman World Championship in October last year.

He has overseen the management of his home team since retiring from professional cycling in 2012 after winning the Olympic road race in London.

Before London 2012, Vinokourov took two victories at Liege-Bastogne-Liege including 2005 when he beat Russian Alexander Kolobnev in a controversial sprint.

It was alleged that Vinokourov paid off Kolobnev for the victory, an accusation that he is set to stand on trial for corruption at a Belgian court in late 2019.

Vinokourov also tested positive for blood doping at the 2007 Tour de France and was handed what the UCI termed a 'lenient' one-year band by the Kazakhstan Cycling Foundation.

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