Vinokourov to Face Corruption Trial for Liège Win

Kazakh's Alexandre Vinokourov looks at the chasers before winning the 196 km and 13th stage of the 2010 Tour de France cycling race run between Rodez and Revel, southern France on July 17, 2010. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE

Former Olympic champion  cyclist Alexander Vinokourov  will face trial for  corruption  over allegations that he paid a rival to let him the Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Alexander Vinokourov  is accused of paying Alexandr Kolobnev 150,000 euros ($178,000) to let him win the 2010  Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The one-day race takes place in the Ardennes region of Belgium and is one of the most difficult single day races in the world.

Vinokourov isn’t new to controversy, he previously  served a two-year  doping  ban from 2007-2009.

It is believed that the two riders came to an agreement to let Vinokourov win after they had broken away from the peloton during the race. The investigation is based on email correspondence between the two, along with two bank transfers that occurred in July and December of 2010, totalling 150k euros.

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