Alexander Vinokourov has confirmed his intention to return to the pro peloton. He has stated that he will return to Astana, since the team was custom made for him. Now some might see a potential conflict with this plan given that Lance Armstrong will also be riding on the Astana team, but let me throw this idea your way. The US and Kazakhstan are increasing their political ties, much to the dismay and consternation of Russia. Condoleeza Rice stated today that Kazakhstan is free to be friends with whoever they want and that Russia needs to stop whining (or something to that effect). Now, since the US has not had such good luck with infiltrating foreign governments through the front door (Hello Iraq and Afghanistan!), we are going to return to our old clandestine roots. The CIA has cooked up this cockamamey Lance Armstron unretirement plan as a cover for his real mission to further US relations with Kazakhstan. Now Vino' is a Kazakh, but look at the guy. He's an ethnic Russian. But the real story is that he is a highly trained Russian counterinsurgent who has been given the mission to kill Lance Armstrong. Or he might just want to race bikes and kick ass.