Today, thousands of cycling fans took to the streets of Monaco at Port Hercule to create a carnival atmosphere and celebrate the glorious career of Pro Team Astana founder Alexandr Vinokurov.
Riding on his special edition Gold Specialized bike he was joined on his celebratory ride by his two sons Alexandr and Nikolai who set the early pace with their father. Vinokurov completed the ultimate 50 lap race around the stunning harbour with cycling heroes and friends including Philippe Gilbert, Vincenzo Nibali, Jan Ullrich, Eddy Merckx, Richard Virenque, Laurent Jalabert and Chris Froome.
Speaking after the race, Vinokurov said “today was a perfect celebration of my career. To have my family, my team mates and my friends with me riding around this beautiful setting was something I’ll never forget. I would like to also thank all my fans for their amazing support throughout my professional career.”
The event was also attended by the members of Monaco government and International media who flew in to catch one last glimpse of the Pro Team Astana founder and London 2012 Olympic Gold medal winner in action. Following the podium ceremony guests will be visiting the Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel for a Gala dinner and a celebration of Vinokurov’s memorable sports legacy.
RESULT: Vinokurov Gentleman Party Criterum Race, Monaco
2. Philippe Gilbert
3. Vincenzo Nibali