Étape 13 / Stage 13 – Interview – Alexandre VINOKOUROV

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Bradley Wiggins Wins Gold In Time Trial Event At World Road Championship

Sir Bradley Wiggins won his first road world title in time trial category on 24th September 2014. Winning the world time trial is something Sir Bradley Wiggins was aiming at for a long time, even before he thought about winning the Tour de France and get knighted. Winning was not entirely easy for him but in the last part of the race he managed to secure his victory by beating Tony Martin of Germany, the defending Champion by a margin of 26.23 seconds on a hilly course spanning 47.1 Kilometers in Ponferrada, Spain.

Both in 2011 and in 2013, Wiggins finished after Tony Martin. But this year he was confident about winning. He said later on that he knew if he could ever beat Tony Martin, it would be on a course similar to this. Wiggins said that it was his last road championship, and surely there couldn’t have been a better conclusion.

Among the many goals set by Bradley Wiggins, this was perhaps the only one left for him to achieve. Bradley Wiggins has won one Olympic gold medal in time trial, six world track titles, three Olympic gold medals in track cycling and the Tour de France. He won the rainbow jersey twenty years after Chris Boardman did for the first time as a British. Questions have been raised regarding Sir Dave Brailsford’s decision of not letting him participate in this year’s Tour de France. But according to Sir Wiggins not playing in the Tour de France actually helped him win the title.

Wiggins said that it was known to him that the final loops of the course will determine who will win the race. He said that it became very difficult when he was nearing the end of the race. According to him his pacing was perfect. He said that before the climb he was already ten seconds ahead of Tony, but he was reluctant about taking any chances and therefore kept driving with whatever energy he had left because he didn’t want to take any risk on the descent and finally he became victorious.

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Alexander Vinokourov Facing Bribery and Corruption Charges

Alexander Vinokourov (a retired cycling from Kazakhstan and Olympic champion) along with Alexander Kolobnev are facing bribery and private corruption charges which have been charged by the Belgian prosecutors.  Belgian media people have reported that the two of them will be facing trial this year.

In the opinion of the Belgian prosecutors, Alexander Vinokourov has supposedly paid some handsome amount (around €150 thousand) to Alexander Kolobnev so that Vinokourov could win the 2010 Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

The UCI (International Cycling Union) had suspected both Vinokourov and Kolobnev of bribery and had even started an investigation against them in the year 2012.

The prosecutors have actually got hold of some email exchanges that have taken place between the two of the accused cyclists before the 2010 Liège-Bastogne-Liège final took place. Along with that there are clear evidences about the 2 money transfers that have taken place from Vinokourov’s account to Kolobnev’s account on the 12th of July, 2010 and 28th of December, 2010.

Kazakhstan Cycling Federation had also transferred €150 thousand into Vinokourov’s account. The Belgian prosecutors are also investigating this particular money transfer.

When Vinokourov was asked to give his opinion about the new developments that have recently took place in the case, he said that the prosecutors are just trying to generate media interest in this case because they lack any solid evidence against him. He claimed that he has not bribed anyone ever and the money transfer was just a loan.

Alexander Vinokourov is actually Team Astana’s general manager since the year 2013. Before that he was a professional cyclist, who had achieved many memorable wins in his career like 2006 Vuelta a Espana, stage wins (4) at Tour de France and also at Vuelta a Espana, bronze medals (2) at the World Championships, gold medal at the London Olympics 2012 etc. However, he was also removed from Tour de France 2007 for doping charges.

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Cyclisme / Vinokourov : “Nibali a montré qu’il était là” 06/07

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