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Who will teams ride for? Only the Pyrenees will tell

Updated: July 21, 2007, 5:03 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

ALBI, France -- Alexandre Vinokourov and his Astana team, left for road kill in the Tour de France a few days ago, are proving hard to slay.

Vinokourov's time trial win Saturday on a wet, hilly course in south-central France put the enigmatic Kazakh rider back within reach of the Tour de France podium. He is ninth overall, a little more than five minutes off the lead, and given his penchant for guerilla-style surprise attacks in the mountains, he is viewed warily by the rest of the peloton.

"Apparently, ...

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