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by Shane Stokes
May 16, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Rafal Majka wins stage 2 at the Amgen Tour of California, takes overall lead; Quintana: It will be difficult to keep the Maglia Rosa in the Giro time trial; Dumoulin relishes Giro TT, wants to gain as much time as possible on Quintana before next mountains; Landa to continue in Giro d’Italia after all-clear given; Vinokourov calls for corruption case to be dismissed; Giro d’Italia race director defends police motorcyclists after stage 9 crash; Giro d’Italia sends ‘signal of hope and solidarity’ to those affected by Italian earthquakes; Felline inks new one year contract extension with Trek-Segafredo; BMC Racing Team promotes Van Hooydonck to WorldTour level; Trek-Segafredo riders highlighting visibility during Giro d’Italia TT stages; Aqua Blue Sport rider says airline destroyed his bike; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Pre Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Post Race; Bram Tankink goes wild on Giro rest day; Cannondale-Drapac gets cartoon treatment en route to the Amgen Tour of California
The 2012 Olympic champion Alexandre Vinokourov has called on Belgian investigators to dismiss allegations made against him in relation to the 2010 Liège-Bastogne-Liège race. The Kazakh rider won the event ahead of Russia’s Alexandr Kolobnev, but later faced allegations that he had bought the victory.
The accusations were based on email exchanges between the two, as well as payments of 100,000 and 50,000 euros made in July and December of 2010. Vinokourov has long denied the claims that he paid 150,000 to secure the race victory, and suggested that the money transfers were loans.
He had been clear with Kolobnev but then accelerated clear close to the finish, taking the win.
Both riders were due to appear in the Liege Council Chamber on Monday. A decision was due then on whether or not the case should be referred to the correctional court.
Vinokourov’s lawyer presented his reasoning for the case to be thrown out. “There are not many elements in the file, the evidence is thin,” he said, according to AFP. “If the case were to be referred to the criminal court, we will represent ourselves with serenity.”