Video: Alexander Vinokourov spotted motor pacing at Giro d’Italia

The 2012 Olympic champion was riding a gold Wilier behind a team van along the route of Thursday's Giro d'Italia stage.

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Former Olympic champion and Astana Qazaqstan boss Alexander Vinokourov was spotted motor pacing behind a team vehicle midway through Thursday’s stage at the Giro d’Italia.

Vinokourov, who runs the Astana-backed team, was riding a gold Wilier road bike and was pacing behind a team van.

With the slow pace of Thursday’s sixth stage, it’s likely that Vinokourov might have been ripping along at a faster speed than the peloton.

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The 48-year-old retired after the 2012 racing season, and has since run the Astana team. This year, Vinokourov’s been involved in a court case in Luxembourg as well as struggled to meet payroll for some of its riders.

Astana-Qazaqstan is reeling after Miguel Ángel López left the race with injury, but the team will be hoping to win a stage with the soon-to-be-retired Vincenzo Nibali.

Here is the short video clip:

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