Vino's all-gold bike honours his 2012 victory at the Olympic Games road race as is suitably over the top (Photos by Graham Watson)

If you’re a divisive figure, often the best tactic is to keep your head down, do your work and try not to draw much more attention to yourself.

Fortunately for us, Alexander Vinokourov has done no such thing. For his latest venture he’s revealed his new, suitably over the top bike for us to glare at, ahead of the Dubai Tour which starts on Wednesday.

Universally loved (in Kazakhstan), Vino’s new ride goes all out in celebrating his win in the London 2012 Olympic Games road race, lavishing the unbranded frameset in dazzling gold.

The bicycle of Vinokourov before the 2016 Dubai Tour

The bicycle of Vinokourov before the 2016 Dubai Tour

The Astana boss retired after he took his Olympic victory ahead of Rigoberto Uran on the Mall, but clearly still likes to go all out when he rides.


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Not only is the bike fitted with this custom paint job (Olympic emblem and Vino branding included) and some pretty bling aero bars, it’s got the WorldTour team’s top spec groupset and wheels throughout as well.

The bicycle of Vinokourov before the 2016 Dubai Tour

The bicycle of Vinokourov before the 2016 Dubai Tour

Corima carbon tubulars will probably do the job on those easy retirement rides, while he’s unlikely to have any trouble shifting on the electronic Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset.

The golden bike also includes an SRM power meter on the chainset, so Vino can still see if he’s still got Watt it takes (sorry).

  • Samuel Clemens

    Good points. Just on Millar, what a sanctimonious hypocrite that charlatan is. He and the likes of George Hincapie – the Hincapie pro team, WTF and FFS!! – have no place in the sport. Along with all the rest of them scoundrels, cheats, liars and frauds. Riis prominent among them.

  • ummm…

    i wouldnt disagree. However, I think there is more animosity towards Vino and I’m not sure why. It would be maybe too far to say there is a cultural element, but I can’t seem to discard that thought. I mean Simpson is lauded every month on this site. David M is given press – maybe because he is a repentant doper (although he got caught). Even the Spanish, Italians, Germans, Russians etc. are given a pass when they come back to the sport. Riis’ history is mentioned but there is no real antagonism towards him. As far as Vino goes, they are always game to attack. Maybe in this case the Gold bike was a slap in the face, given that the story is that he paid for it. But, nonetheless it doesn’t excuse the Simpson worship. Brits have 2 modern Tour winners. Leave Simpson alone. Vino as unpalatable as he is it feels a bit two faced to poo on him and not Riis, Miller etc. Anyway, I also feel like the press gets away with villianizing the riders while they dont acknowledge their own role. Maybe I’m being too harsh; after all the press makes money but brown nosing and they can only make change by making noise – and making noise QUICKLY loses them money.

  • Samuel Clemens

    ‘The only thing worse that being talked about, is not being talked about’. The less said about this blight on the sport, the better (in my opinion)…

  • ummm…

    …so nobody…

  • eminusx

    the first rider behind him that wasnt ‘artificially enhanced’

  • ummm…

    lmfao. pretty impressive. I especially liked the saddle bag full of cash for bribes. bravo

  • Howmanyjackos

    Your right ummm.
    There is no saddle bag shown in the pictures (this would be filled with cash for bribary purposes)
    The wheel and tyres specified will have to be upgraded to carry his ego .

  • ummm…

    no use for him, he cant inject with those.

  • ummm…

    at least you aren’t feeling sick on the bike, like Tom Simpson.

  • ummm…

    stole from who?

  • ummm…

    doesn’t matter, there were hundreds of motors right behind him. Upset that marginal gains didnt come from Spain in time for “Team GB”.

  • ummm…

    i think this article was actually mocking Vino, not celebrating

  • ummm…

    I know Vino is considered to be an abrasive personality and rather unrepentant about his doping, but the fact that he is single out for such weaselly criticism is obnoxious. Maybe there is something to the xenophobia argument that he laid out last year in response to what appeared to be his dirty than usual team. Bjarne is about to come back into the sport and there isn’t such a thread of cheekiness when discussing that. The sport is populated by dopers, doping accomplices, former dopers and Vino gets more of our ire than the rest. Brits and Americans, we are great, but our ethnocentricism, our superiority complex etc. is appalling. The Spanish and the Italians may be dopers, but they do it with style and beauty. THey fill the history books of cyclings. Kelly and Roche doped. Simpson is a dead doper. Wiggins and Froome, we dont have proof. But that is the history of the brits. America? LA, LeMond, Hampsten, Hincapie etc. Same thin list of talent, and most had doped. Brits/Americans (i am one) smarten up and stop pandering to your overfed and overly arrogant base. Was this article tongue in cheek? Maybe so. But, I’m sick of seeing you praise a man like Simpson, while you pick like vultures like everyone else.

  • maxwell savege

    what make is it? so we know what not to buy.

  • J1

    Who?

  • Howmanyjackos

    I will make some large stickers with syringes on and send them to him ..

  • ȷack Dennisσn

    Fitting that Vino’s new bike makes me feel to sick to look at, even without him on it.

  • Samuel Clemens

    Why we insist on celebrating known cheats, I’ll never know.

    Mind you, that’s how cycling works. Rather shabby.

  • skelto99

    It adds a whole new meaning to “Gilding the lily”. Chavtastic.

  • eminusx

    is the gold symbolic of the gold he stole during his drug powered disgrace in 2012?

    how thoughtful

  • ridein

    Wonder if it comes with a motor, just like in London.