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BREST, France (AP) – Alexandre Vinokourov was dismissed from his post as team director of Astana-Premier Tech on Thursday…

BREST, France (AP) – Alexandre Vinokourov was removed from his post as Astana-Premier Tech team manager on Thursday, just two days before the start of the Tour de France.

The team said in a statement that the former Olympic road champion will step down following a board decision and move to another role.

The team did not specify the reason for their withdrawal.

Giuseppe Martinelli and Steve Bauer will take over responsibilities from Vinokourov “for the foreseeable future,” the team said.

Vinokourov won the 2006 Spanish Vuelta and four individual Tour de France stages between 2003-10. He was suspended for two years after testing positive for blood doping in the 2007 Tour, but returned to win the men’s road race at the London Olympics in 2012. He began his managerial career after retiring this year.

The Tour de France starts on Saturday from the port city of Brest in the western Brittany region.

The Astana team changed its name to Astana-Premier Tech this year as the Canadian company joined as a co-sponsor.


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