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by Shane Stokes
March 14, 2018
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Originally set to take place on Tuesday, the trial into the alleged fixing of the 2010 Liège-Bastogne-Liège has been delayed once again. According to AFP, both Alexandre Vinokourov and Alexander Kolobnev requested the Criminal Court of Liège to delay the trial.
According to the court and Vinokourov’s lawyer Mr Jean-Louis Lodomez, the delay is due in part to a new Kolobnev’s new lawyer, who is yet to study the case, as well as Vinokourov’s desire to add more details to the file. As a result of the requests, the court has agreed to hold a hearing on June 19.
Kazakhstani rider Vinokourov and the Russian Kolobnev are accused of fixing the result of the prestigious Classic. The former is accused of promising his breakaway partner 150,000 euros if he would let him win the race.
Vinokourov dropped Kolobnev close to the finish of the race and crossed the line alone, this making a very successful comeback from a doping ban. Allegations about the nature of that win emerged in 2011 in a report by the magazine L’Illustre. Vinokourov swiftly denied the claims, but the Swiss publication then released emails which appeared to back up the allegations.
Bank transfers were made to Kolobnev of 100,000 euros and 50,000 euros, in July and December 2010. Both have since retired from the sport, although Vinokourov won the Olympic road race title in 2012.