Alexander Kolobnev told F-Sport agency about his private corruption charges after supposedly selling the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race. The Russian rider explained he has tried to get some informations from the Belgian courts, but he has hit a brick wall.
"Since I do not speak French, I find it hard to understand the situation. As it turned out, the whole thing is written in French, and I, not being a citizen of Europe and not knowing French, I have every right to ask for its translation", the Katusha rider explained. "The translation of some documents was simply rejected, without any valid reason. I do not know how they are going to communicate with me, maybe someone will call me to the Belgian court. My guess: I expect they are just discriminating against me, and (Alexandre) Vinokourov, because we are not Europeans, and using our publicity and continuing to 'ride' on it. This is not new. In fact I have not seen anything more stupid and so blatantly discriminatory."
The Swiss news magazine L’lllustre and Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera accused Alexander Vinokourov of cutting a deal with Kolobnev in 2010 to aid him in winning Liege-Bastogne-Liege. They alleged 150 thousand euros exchanged hands. The investigation is still pending but the case is expected to appear before the court on October 15.
Kolobnev told the Russian sports agency that he has been trying to identify the source of the information: "When I tried to expand the investigation to identify him, I was immediately denied. As it turned out, the journalist is protected by non-disclosure of the source. He refused to answer police. And he's Swiss, the case is in Belgium, and I'm just a citizen of a non-European country – Russia."
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