Kolobnev: “Now erase that email or they’ll get me by the balls”
The 25th of April, 500 meters before the finish line. Kolobnev chats to Vinokourov. There is no one coming from the background anymore. Vino, having come back after a suspension, needs this win. The Kazach has money and offers it to Kolobnev. Vino ups the pace, Kolobnev does nothing. Vinokourov wins LBL. The footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8GI3yUPOdM&feature=youtu.be
Not some aboriginal
Swiss Magazine L’Illustré claims to have possession of some emails between the two riders. The night of the victory, at 11.42pm, Kolobnev mails to Vino with his bank details. L’Illustré has found a transfer of €100.000 to a bank in Locarno from a bank in Monaco.
“To me this was a huge chance, I don’t know if what I did, was right,” Kolobnev writes. “But I hold you in high esteem. If it was any other riders, I would have gone for the win. Even my wife wasn’t too pissed off I let you win. I was stronger than ever that day. Now I only have to wait and see if this was worth it.,” Kolobnev continues. “My biggest comfort is that you won, and not some aboriginal. Now here are my bank details and please delete this e-mail quickly or else they’ll get me by the balls.” On the 8th of May Vino reacts that he kept his part of the agreement and wishes Kolobnev good luck in the nationals which he will surely win. And he did win.
Note: the original text says “aborigène” This might mean native too but could also relate to Cadel Evans, being an Australian
L’Illustré phoned Vino in Spain where he currently is on a training camp with Astana. “I have never done such a thing, I always fight for my wins,” he reacts. Whether or not he wired €100.000 the Kazach reacts: “This is my private life. Yeas I lend money here and there but I never offered Kolobnev money to let me win.”
Alexandre Kolobnev, currently awaiting the appeal UCI regarding his accquittal in doping case, reacts cryptically on his twitter. “The further you go into the woods, the better firewood you’ll find. They forgot to mention Stuttgart (Worlds 2007, JB) and Beijing (Olympics 2010, JB). Journalists!”
Note: Alexandre Vinokourov told Velonation he is going to sue the Swiss media and possibly other media