Alexander Vinokourov is not welcome in the Beach Challenge race in Scheveningen, Netherlands, after all. After it was announced earlier this week that the suspended Kazakhstani rider would participate in the mountain bike race, race organiser Frank Boelé has cancelled his appearance.
Boelé said that he made no judgement on Vinokourov’s suspension for blood doping, “but his presence brings us a lot of sensationalist attention. We won’t put up with this,” he told telesport.nl, after indicating that Vinokourov had been invited “behind his back”.
Rini Wagtmans, Vinokourov’s agent in the Netherlands, was not happy that his client must stay at home. “The organisation had previously ordered two tickets for him and now two days in advance he hears that his presence is not welcome.”
The 35-year-old Vinokourov was suspended for a year until July this year after his 2007 Tour de France expulsion which also saw his Astana team kicked out.
He had originally retired from cycling after his suspension was announced but then decided to mount a comeback in 2009.