UCI to investigate Vinokourov, Kolobnev race-fixing allegations

Mon Nov 5, 2012 2:18pm EST
 

By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) is to open an investigation into allegations that Olympic champion Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan bribed Russian Alexandre Kolobnev to win the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race, the governing body said on Monday.

Vinokourov won the one-day race by beating Kolobnev in a two-man finish.

The investigation is starting because the UCI has received a case file from an Italian public prosecutor who is investigating alleged corruption in cycling.

"Now, in the light of this additional information we received last week from the Italian prosecutor we are opening an investigation into the matter," UCI President Pat McQuaid told Reuters.

"Both riders have been summoned to UCI headquarters.

"If Vinokourov and Kolobnev were to be proven guilty the license commission would re-evaluate the world tour licenses of the Astana and Katusha teams."

McQuaid said Padua prosecutor Benedetto Roberti had passed on details from the case he is working on.

"We would welcome any other information from this investigation," said McQuaid.   Continued...

 
Astana Pro Team rider Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan arrives at the sign-in podium before the start of the seventh stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Tomblaine and La Planche des Belles Filles July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel