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 Wins Olympic Gold In London Olympic Road Race

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LONDON, July 28, 2012 - Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan claimed an unexpected but deserved win in the men's Olympic road race Saturday, wrecking Mark Cavendish's hopes of delivering a first gold of the Games for the hosts. Colombia's Rigoberto Uran won the silver with Norway's Alexander Kristoff taking the bronze after 249.5 km of racing which finished in the shadow of Buckingham … [Read more...]

Vinokourov Eyes Stage Win With Team Astana On Last Tour de France

PARIS, June 22, 2012 (AFP) - Veteran rider Alexandre Vinokourov will lead the Astana team into the Tour de France with Slovenia's Janez Brajkovic expected to push for honors in the overall standings. Vinokourov, 38, will be racing in the Tour for the last time having fallen and suffered a thigh fracture in 2011, but he believes he can still clinch a stage on the grueling race which begins … [Read more...]

Magazine L’Illustre Accuses Vinokourov Of Buying 2010 Liege-Bastogne

GENEVA, Dec 6, 2011 - Swiss magazine L'Illustre has accused controversial Kazakh rider Alexandre Vinokourov of buying his 2010 victory in the Liege-Bastogne classic race, Sports-Information agency reported on Tuesday. Sports-Information quoted L'Illustre's Wednesday edition as saying Vino -- who also won the race in 2005 and has four stage wins on the Tour de France but who then served … [Read more...]

Vinokourov To Race Again In 2012

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COPENHAGEN, Sept 22, 2011 - Kazakh rider Alexandre Vinokourov, victim of a fall during the Tour de France, confirmed on Thursday that he will continue to compete in 2012 with the Astana team. "If I want to continue on it's also for the Astana Team. These past two years I've achieved good results and I want my team to benefit," said the 38-year-old who had previously said he intended to … [Read more...]

Vinokourov Announces Retirement

MONTPELLIER, France, July 17, 2011 - Kazakh cycling star Alexandre Vinokourov announced his retirement on French television on Sunday, a week after crashing out of the Tour de France with a thigh fracture. "I will continue to ride my bike, but as an amateur and just to keep fit," said Vinokourov when asked if he would continue to compete once he has recovered from his injury. "As far as … [Read more...]

Vinokourov Comes Through A “Successful” Operation

LE LIORAN, France, July 11, 2011 (AFP) - Kazakhstan cyclist Alexandre Vinokourov came through a "successful" operation according to his Astana team Monday after the Tour de France star's heavy crash on the race's ninth stage. Vinokourov, who finished third on the race in 2003, ended what was to be his eighth and final Tour by being catapulted into the trees on the descent of the Col du Pas de … [Read more...]

Tour de Crash Fest, More Yellow Jersey Men Crash Out

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saint-flour, France, July 10, 2011 (AFP) - Belgian yellow jersey contender Jurgen van den Broeck crashed out of the Tour de France Sunday due to injuries suffered in a mass pile-up during the ninth stage. Omega-Pharma all-rounder Van den Broeck had been hoping for a podium place or better after a promising fifth place finish last year. However despite trying to get back on his bike the … [Read more...]

Crash Likely To End Vino’s Career

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saint-flour, France, July 10, 2011 (AFP) - Alexandre Vinokourov's career appears to have come to a premature end after the Kazakhstan cycling star crashed out of the Tour de France on Sunday. Vinokourov, who had been hoping to achieve his dream of pulling on the yellow jersey for the first time in what was to be his eighth and final Tour de France, was among several riders to crash out on the … [Read more...]