Banned cyclist intends to ride for Astana

Updated: July 2, 2009, 12:41 PM ET

MONACO -- Alexander Vinokourov will return to cycling when his two-year doping suspension ends later this month, and he said on Thursday that he hopes to ride with his former Astana team.

"I want to announce that I will return to competitive cycling on July 24," Vinokourov said during a news conference in Monaco, where the Tour de France starts on Saturday.

"I do not see myself anywhere else than Astana. This team was created in 2006 with the Kazakh cycling federation; it is our baby," ...

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