Former Olympic champion cyclist Alexander Vinokourov will face trial for corruption over allegations that he paid a rival to let him the LiÃ¨ge-Bastogne-LiÃ¨ge.
Alexander Vinokourov is accused of paying Alexandr Kolobnev 150,000 euros ($178,000) to let him win the 2010 LiÃ¨ge-Bastogne-LiÃ¨ge. 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.