Fabio Aru Will Be Team Leader Of The Elite Astana Team

Astana, Kazakhstan, Dec 11, 2016 (AFP) - Italian cyclist Fabio Aru has been named as the new team leader of the elite Astana team after the departure of his compatriot Vincenzo Nibali, the Kazakh outfit confirmed on Sunday. The 26-year-old Sardinian climber is one of a clutch of riders expected to dominate the sport in the coming years and he won the Vuelta a EspaƱa in 2015. Astana, … [Read more...]

Vinokourov and Kolobnev Charged With Bribery

BRUSSELS, Aug 20, 2014 (AFP) - Controversial former Kazakhstan rider Alexandre Vinokourov and Russian Alexandr Kolobnev have been charged with bribery by Belgian justice authorities and will face trial later this year, Belgian media reported on Wednesday. The now retired Olympic road race champion Vinokourov, 40, is accused of paying 33-year-old Kolobnev, who is still competing for the … [Read more...]

Vinokourov Fighting Back After Cheating Allegation

PARIS, Dec 7, 2011 (AFP) - Controversial Kazakhstan cyclist Alexandre Vinokourov on Wednesday hit back at claims he bought his 2010 victory in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege one-day classic. Swiss magazine L'Illustre has alleged that 'Vino' -- a Tour de France stage winner who won the race in 2005 and has served a two-year ban for doping -- made a 100,000-euro ($134,000) payment to Russian … [Read more...]

Vinokourov Drops Out Of His Comeback Race

Kazakh cyclist Alexandre Vinokourov, who was kicked off the 2007 Tour de France for doping, was dropped from a Dutch mountainbike event on Friday in what would have been his comeback race. The 35-year-old was to take part in the Beach Challenge in the Dutch town of Scheveningen, but he was withdrawn from the list of entrants, the ANP news agency reported. The organizers, who had … [Read more...]