June 12, 2005
Discovery to sign Vinokourov?
Eurosport quotes an article in le Parisien (premium content) that Discovery Channel is looking to sign T-Mobile's Alexandre Vinokourov, winner of Thursday's stage to the top of Mont Ventoux at the Dauphiné Libéré.
Vinokourov is at the end of his contract. No one involved would deny the report. Discovery had previously touted Yaroslav Popovych as Armstrong's likely Tour de France successor, but Armstrong had also said there were other riders the team was interested in, “some on other teams.”
"There exists a list of riders, but we can't tell you if Vino is on it or not," Armstrong's agent Bill Stapleton told the paper.
"Ask Johan," quipped a coy Armstrong sending the newspaper's reporter to see team manager Johan Bruyneel who in Sphinx-like fashion replied "every great rider at the end of his contract interests us."
Vino himself says he won't make a decision until after the Tour.
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