UCI opens inquiry into alleged Vinokourov race fix

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Associated Press

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 4:02 AM

AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Cycling Union is investigating allegations that Olympic champion Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan bribed a rival in order to win the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race.

The UCI says it "will ask Alexandre Vinokourov and Alexandr Kolobnev to attend a meeting at our headquarters in Aigle as soon as possible" to help its inquiry.

Vinokourov allegedly paid Russia's Kolobnev nearly $200,000 after arranging a fix during their two-man breakaway in the April 2010 one-day classic.

The UCI says it has received information from an Italian prosecutor in Padua, who is leading a wider investigation of corruption in cycling linked to Dr. Michele Ferrari, a former adviser to Lance Armstrong.

The allegations were first made by a Swiss magazine last year. Italian daily Corriere della Sera published further details Saturday.

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