Vinokourov Out After Failed Doping Test

Alexandre Vinokourov, a pre-race favorite to win the Tour de France, tested positive for a blood transfusion after winning Saturday's time trial, his team announced during the rest day Tuesday. His B sample is expected by the end of the week, coinciding with the end of another tainted Tour.

Vinokourov's team, Astana, suspended him and also withdrew from the Tour, ending the chances of its best-placed rider, Andreas Kloeden, who was in fifth place through 15 stages. Vinokourov was 23rd.