However the Gold for Vinokourov is quite hard to swallow - an emotional and moral reaction - rather than a legalistic one. Vinokourov has shown not the least repentance since being caught. He won the 2007 TdF time trial, but failed a test the next day. He was targeted by testers because he was closely linked with drug tainted Italian doctor Michele Ferrari. The outcome was no great surprise. Unfortunately in spite of numerous declarations of retirement the Kazakhstani rider returned aged 38 for one last swansong at these Olympics
The crowd's understandable reaction meant that the early Olympic euphoria was dampened considerably.
On a brighter note, the glorious unified, but ultimately unsuccessful efforts of Team GB in support of Cavendish gladdened the heart.
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