The UCI confirms that last week it received a partial dossier from the Padua Prosecutors office containing information concerning the victory of Alexandr Vinokourov in the LiÃ¨ge-Bastogne-LiÃ¨ge classic in April 2010.
The UCI takes these issues extremely seriously. The UCI has been requesting information concerning related media allegations since December 2011, when they were first raised by the Swiss magazine L'IllustrÃ©. To date, the information provided to the UCI has not been sufficient to take legal action.
Now, in the light of this additional information gathered as part of the Padua inquiry, the UCI will open an official inquiry into the issue. If this inquiry reveals any team involvement, the UCI may also, in accordance with the rules, ask the Licence Commission to re-evaluate the awarding of UCI licences to Team Astana and Team Katusha.
In the meantime, the UCI will request Alexandr Vinokourov and Alexandr Kolobnev to attend a meeting at its headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland, as soon as possible to provide the UCI with their response to the contents of the Padua inquiry dossier.
The UCI is committed to examining all issues arising from the Padua investigation in a constructive and transparent manner in order to safeguard the integrity of the sport of cycling.
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