Alexandr Kolobnev

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Alexandr Kolobnev
Alexandr Kolobnev.jpg
Kolobnev in 2011
Personal information
Full nameAlexandr Vasilievich Kolobnev
Born (1981-05-04) 4 May 1981 (age 38)
Vyksa, Soviet Union
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeClassics specialist[1]
Professional team(s)
2002Acqua e Sapone–Cantina Tollo
2003–2004Domina Vacanze–Elitron
2007–2009Team CSC
2010–2015Team Katusha
Major wins
One-day races and Classics
National Road Race Championships (2004, 2010)

Alexandr Vasilievich Kolobnev (Russian: Александр Васильевич Колобнев;[2] born 4 May 1981) is a Russian former professional road bicycle racer.[3] His major victories include winning the 2007 Monte Paschi Eroica, a stage of Paris–Nice and he is a two-time Russian National road Champion. In 2011, he was provisionally suspended after testing positive for a potential drug masking agent.[4][5] He was cleared of intentional doping by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in February 2012,[6] and returned to Team Katusha in March 2012.[3]


Born in Vyksa, Russian SFSR, Kolobnev spent his neo-pro year in 2002 with Acqua e Sapone–Cantina Tollo. His second season saw him sign with Domina Vacanze. There, he took his first victory in Stage 2 of the Settimana Ciclistica Coppi-Bartali. He stayed with Domina Vacanze through the 2004 season and signed with UCI ProTeam Rabobank. With Rabobank he managed to capture Stage 1 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in 2006.

In 2007 he transferred to Team CSC. He won the third stage of Paris–Nice, became the inaugural winner of the Monte Paschi Eroica, now known as the Strade Bianche,[7] and finished second at the UCI Road World Championships. Kolobnev finished fourth in the road race at the 2008 Olympic Games. Second-place finisher and silver medalist Davide Rebellin later tested positive for Continuous erythropoietin receptor activator, causing the IOC to strip him of his silver medal. Though the UCI considers Kolobnev promoted to third in the race's standings, he has not, as of January 2010, been awarded a bronze medal.[8]

He lives in Dénia, Spain, with his wife Daria and two sons, David and Alexander.

In the 2011 Tour de France he tested positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, a masking agent that can hide the presence of performance-enhancing drugs. He was subsequently pulled from the tour by his team,[9][10] and his results for that stage were annulled.[11] Despite his B sample also testing positive he only received a fine from the Russian cycling federation.[12] However this was later appealed by the UCI to CAS, although he was subsequently cleared of any charges on 29 February 2012.[13] Kolobnev rejoined Team Katusha in March 2012.[3]

In 2012, the Union Cycliste Internationale initiated an investigation of Kolobnev and the Kazakh rider Alexander Vinokourov over allegations brought by the Swiss news magazine L’lllustre and Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. They accused Vinokourov of cutting a deal with Kolobnev in 2010 to aid him (Vinokourov) in winning Liège–Bastogne–Liège. They alleged 150 thousand euros exchanged hands. The UCI's investigation is still pending.[14] On 12 September 2019, prosecutors requested a six-month jail sentence for Kolobnev and Vinokourov, with an additional fine of €50,000 for Kolobnev as well as €150,000 to be confiscated from his bank account. A final verdict is expected for 8 October 2019.[15]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 21 71 DNF 73
A yellow jersey Tour de France 65 DNF
A red jersey Vuelta a España 54 51 40 31 29 40
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ "Alexander Kolobnev". Team Katusha. Katusha Management SA. Archived from the original on June 27, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  2. ^ 1 (Sovetsky Sport), 2
  3. ^ a b c "Alexander Kolobnev joins Katusha Team". Team Katusha. Katusha Management SA. March 28, 2012. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Tour de France – First rider fails dope test, sacked". Eurosport. Yahoo!. Reuters. July 11, 2011. Archived from the original on July 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  5. ^ Alexandr Kolobnev signs for Team Katusha
  6. ^ Nigel Wynn. "Alexandr Kolobnev cleared of doping by CAS | Latest News". Cycling Weekly.
  7. ^ Brown, Gregor. "Kolobnev becomes the first to conquer Eroica". Cycling News. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  8. ^ Kolobnev Still Waiting For Olympic Bronze |
  9. ^ "Press release: Adverse Analytical Finding for Kolobnev". Union Cycliste Internationale. July 11, 2011. Archived from the original on July 12, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  10. ^ "Kolobnev Tour de France's first doping case". Cycling News. Bath, UK: Future Publishing Limited. July 11, 2011. Archived from the original on July 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  11. ^ "Sanctions, Period of Ineligibily, Disqualification". UCI. Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  12. ^ "Kolobnev Not With Katusha In 2012". Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  13. ^ BBC Sport – Alexandr Kolobnev escapes doping ban but fined £1,040
  14. ^ "Vinokourov summoned to UCI regarding his Liege-Bastogne-Liege victory". English. November 6, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  15. ^ "Vinokourov and Kolobnev risk six-month jail sentence for alleged Liège-Bastogne-Liège 'bribery'". September 12, 2019. Retrieved September 16, 2019.

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