UCI Investigating Vinokourov Liege ‘Payoff’ Victory Claim

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PARIS, Nov 5, 2012 (AFP) - World cycling governing body the UCI are to investigate claims made by Swiss and Italian newspapers that retired Olympic cycling champion Alexandre Vinokourov paid off a rival to win his second Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic in 2010. The UCI - under pressure to clean up the image of the sport in the wake of the Lance Armstrong affair - said it had summoned … [Read more...]

Vinokourov ‘Paid Off’ Rival For Liege Win

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MILAN, Nov 4, 2012 (AFP) - An Italian newspaper has published emails which appear to back previous allegations that retired Olympic cycling champion Alexandre Vinokourov paid off a rival to win his second Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic in 2010. Vinokourov, banned for blood doping in 2007-2009, has already faced claims that he paid Russian rival Alexandre Kolobnev 150,000 euros to secure … [Read more...]

Vinokourov Stuns Favourites To Win Liege-Bastogne-Liege

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ANS, Belgium, April 25, 2010 - Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov, of Astana stunned a host of bigger favorites to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege, cycling's oldest one-day classic, for the second time Sunday. Vinokourov, the winner in 2005 who returned to the sport last year after a two-year ban for doping, crossed the finish line just ahead of fellow escapee Alexandre Kolobnev to finish in a … [Read more...]

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles For Travel-Weary Cyclists

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Missing out on riding a major bike race with 257.3 kilometers and 31 climbs on the menu would probably be welcomed by most people. But not Europe's cycling elite, who on Friday and Saturday employed every method possible to defy the travel chaos besieging the continent and threatening their participation in Sunday's Amstel Gold Race one-day classic. Some, like Britain's Bradley Wiggins … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Winning Streak Continues At Tour of Lombardy

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Belgian Philippe Gilbert won his fourth race in a row as his hot streak continued with victory in Saturday's Tour of Lombardy over 242km from Varese to Cuomo. Gilbert beat breakaway companion and Spanish Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez in a two-man sprint to win the last Classic of the season with Russian Alexandre Kolobnev winning the sprint for third, four seconds back. Gilbert had … [Read more...]