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Vinokourov retires after breaking leg at Tour

Updated: July 17, 2011, 11:16


MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Alexandre Vinokourov has announced his retirement from cycling a week after breaking his right leg in a crash on the Tour de France.

The 37-year-old Kazakh star told French television on Sunday that "I will stop there,'' and he is looking for a new role within the Astana team. He was expected to retire at the end of the season.

Vinokourov was one of about 30 riders caught up in a pileup midway through the Tour's ninth stage. The Astana team leader flew off his bike and had to be helped up by teammates.

He was flown to Paris for surgery.

Vinokourov, who was third at the 2003 Tour, served a two-year doping suspension after twice testing positive for banned blood transfusions during the 2007 race.

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