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Vinokourov cleared of Liege-Bastogne-Liege fixing

Belgian court clears Vinokourov and Kolobnev due to lack of evidence

Joe Robinson
5 Nov 2019

Alexander Vinokourov and Alexander Kolobnev have been acquitted of corruption at the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The case was being heard at the Liege Criminal Court in Belgium and saw both riders accused of race-fixing with it alleged that Vinokourov retrospectively paid Kolobnev €150,000 for letting him win the race. 

However, Belgian television network Sporza has reported that the judge hearing the case has exonerated both parties due to a 'lack of evidence'.

In September, prosecutors requested that both Vinokourov and Kolobnev be handed six-month jail sentences for passive and active corruption with a further fine of €100,000 and €50,000 respectively.

Swiss newspaper L'Illustre first claimed in 2011 that Vinokourov had offered €100,000 for Liege victory after an email was uncovered confirming the Kazakh had paid the Russian this sum of money.

The discovery was made during a separate investigation into Dr Michele Ferrari.

Vinokourov strenuously denied the claims stating that the payment had been made in order to invest in a property company owned by Kolobnev.