[QODLink]
Cycling
UCI target Olympic road race champion
International Cycling Union to open investigation into claims Alexandre Vinokourov bribed a rival to fix a race in 2010.
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2012 20:12
Vinokourov retired from professional cycling soon after winning Olympic gold in the road race at the London Games in July [GALLO/GETTY]

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."

Ongoing probe

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.

According to email exchanges between the two riders published by the Corriere della Sera newspaper on Saturday, Vinokourov agreed to pay Kolobnev 150,000 euros for the win.

It was the Kazakh's biggest victory since his comeback from a two-year ban he was handed for testing positive for blood doping on the 2007 Tour de France.

Vinokourov has been appointed Astana team manager for the 2013 season.

Cycling is reeling from the Lance Armstrong scandal in which the American stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles for using performance-enhancing drugs and organising doping.

283

Source:
Reuters
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.

Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.