Paid the Kazakh national hero of Alexandr Vinokurov to victory in the monument Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2010 for a sum of approximately 1.1 million dollars?
No, says the judgment, which on Tuesday fell in a belgian court of law. Lack of evidence is both Vinokurov and his opponent in the final of the belgian spring classic pure acquitted. It writes sporza.be.
the Prosecution had demanded six months imprisonment for both Vinokurov and Russian Alexandr Kolobnev, who stood accused of having sold the victory to Vinokurov.
Both refused guilty and claims that an amount of 150,000 euro, as the evidence was transferred from the Vinokurov to Kolobnev after the race, was a loan.
the money transfer was revealed by the swiss media, and has since followed the belgian media after the publication of a mailudveksling between Vinokurov and Kolobnev, which could easily be interpreted as a discussion of an agreement that Kolobnev gave up to run for the victory in the classic in order to get a sum of money.
the Court in Liège has, however, concluded that it is not beyond any doubt, that there was talk about the bribery, and the case is thus abandoned.
Since 2013, Alexandr Vinokurov been Jacob Fuglsangs manager of the Kazakh Astana crew. Photo: Claus Bonnerup/Ritzau Scanpix
the Victory in the belgian monument was Stage time in the course. He also won in 2005. The victory in 2010 was, however, more significant since it came after his suspension for bloddoping, as he was cut down during the 2007 Tour de France.
A last major victory in the career of harvested Vinokurov in 2012, when he won the OLYMPIC gold in London. Then he withdrew and has since 2013 been the 'general manager' on the Kazakh Astana crew.
Alexandr Kolobnev raced in 2010 for Kathusha, as he continued on right up to and including 2015. Then, he drove a season for the Russian prokontinentalhold Gazprom-Rusvelo, before he set his career.
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