Swiss magazine l’Illustre has reported that Kazakh cyclist Alexandre Vinokourov bought victory at the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege stage race for $100,000 euros. The magazine published emails sent between Vinokourov and Russian rider Alexandre Kolobnev that referenced the deal and included bank account information. In one email, Kolobnev is alleged to have written that riders on his Katusha team would "cut off my balls," if they learned of the arrangement. Kolobnev escaped punishment from the Russian cycling federation in November after a July positive test for a banned diuretic. Race fixing in professional cycling is not unknown. French rider Richard Virenque is said to have paid Jan Ullrich for a stage victory at the 1997 Tour de France. Vinokourov says he plans to sue l’Illustre.
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