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Vinokourov will go to court over his 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege victory

13 november 2012, 17:13
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Olympic champion Alexandre Vinokourov is going to prove that he did not buy his victory in the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race in court, the Megapolis.kz newspaper reports, referring to sources close to the cyclist.

According to the sources, Vinokourov is going to file a law suit against the magazines that claimed that the Kazakhstan winner of the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race bribed Alexandre Kolobnev paying him 150 000 euro for coming second. Vinokourov expects to receive the total of 10 million euro in moral damages, the newspaper's sources say.

Peter Berman, a Merited Coach of Kazakhstan who is familiar with Vinokourov and his career, is 100% sure that Vinokourov will win the case. “Alexandre is clean, he has always won honestly. I am sorry for those people who are trying to throw dirt at our great champion,” he said.

Berman pointed out that this scandal around Vinokourov might be linked to the decision the International Cycling Union's (UCI) is supposed to make approving Alexandre Vinokourov as General Manager of Kazakhstan's Astana professional cycling team. "There are people who don’t want this appointment and are trying to tarnish him,” the coach said expressing his personal opinion.

Vinokourov himself has declined to comment the situation and make any statements about going to court.

Kazkahstan cyclist has twice been accused of “buying” the first place in Liege-Bastogne-Liege race in 2010 for 150 000 euro: Switzerland’s L’Illustre magazine wrote about this case in December 2011 and Italy’s Corriere della Sera picked it up in the beginning of October this year. As the result, UCI initiated an investigation in relation to the Kazakhstan cyclist recently.

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