Flying Forehead heading to Liberty Seguros
Vinokourov to Liberty Seguros; Discovery's missed this one!
Alexandre Vinokourov, whose aggressive riding animated the 2005 Tour, will join Manolo Saiz' Liberty Seguros squad.
The team's previous Tour leader, Roberto Heras, had a disappointing Tour in 45th, and Saiz said publicly during the Tour that Heras would ride Giro and not lead the team's Tour squad next season.
Vinokourov will bring along a fellow Kazakh, Sergey Yakovlev, from T-Mobile.
"They have the best riders in the mountains and are among the best in the team time trials. It was almost a natural choice," he said of Liberty Seguros.
"We have discussed my programme for 2006 - I've had the guarantee I will be able to fully focus on the Tour de France."