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Alexandr Kolobnev

Alexandr Kolobnev
Kolobnev in 2011
Personal information
Full nameAlexandr Vasilievich Kolobnev
Born (1981-05-04) 4 May 1981 (age 43)
Vyksa, Soviet Union
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeClassics specialist[1]
Professional teams
2002Acqua & 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)
Monte Paschi Eroica (2007)
Medal record
Representing  Russia
Men's road bicycle racing
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Men's road race
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2007 Stuttgart Men's road race
Silver medal – second place 2009 Mendrisio Men's road race

Alexandr Vasilievich Kolobnev (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 the 2007 Paris–Nice and he is a two-time winner of the Russian National Road Race Championships. 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 & Sapone–Cantina Tollo. His second season saw him sign with Domina Vacanze–Elitron. There, he took his first victory in Stage 2 of the Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali. He stayed with Domina Vacanze through the 2004 season and signed with UCI ProTeam Rabobank for 2005. 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 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 Davide Rebellin later tested positive for Continuous erythropoietin receptor activator (CERA), causing the IOC to strip him of his silver medal. Kolobnev was promoted to third in the race's standings by the UCI. However, he was not awarded the bronze medal until 2011.[8][9]


Exonerated doping test

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,[10][11] and his results for that stage were annulled.[12] Despite his B sample also testing positive he only received a fine from the Russian cycling federation.[13] However this was later appealed by the UCI to CAS, although he was subsequently cleared of any charges on 29 February 2012.[14] Kolobnev rejoined Team Katusha in March 2012.[3]

Acquitted on case 2010 Liège–Bastogne–Liège

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 Vinokourov in winning Liège–Bastogne–Liège, alleging €150,000 exchanged hands.[15] 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.[16] Kolobnev and Vinokourov were cleared on 5 November 2019, with the judge citing a "lack of concrete evidence" for the court's decision.[17]

Personal life

He lives in Dénia, Spain, with his wife Daria and two sons and one daughter, David, Alexander and Aprelia. He opened a hotel in Dénia which had several altitude simulation rooms, a permitted method to increase athletic performance.[18]

Major results

1st Overall Giro della Lunigiana
1st Gran Premio di Poggiana
4th Road race, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
4th Gran Premio Industrie del Marmo
9th GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
2003 (1 pro win)
2nd Gran Premio di Lugano
2nd Giro dell'Emilia
4th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 2
4th Coppa Sabatini
5th La Flèche Wallonne
6th Trofeo Città di Castelfidardo
2004 (1)
1st Road race, National Road Championships
1st Young rider classification, Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
2nd Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie
7th Overall Brixia Tour
8th Gran Premio di Lugano
8th Trofeo Matteotti
10th Road race, Olympic Games
2nd Overall Niedersachsen Rundfahrt
7th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
8th Overall Danmark Rundt
2006 (1)
4th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Stage 1
5th Overall Tour de Pologne
7th Overall Sachsen Tour
9th Rund um den Henninger Turm
2007 (2)
1st Monte Paschi Eroica
1st Stage 3 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Deutschland Tour
2nd Road race, UCI Road World Championships
5th Overall Tour de Wallonie
9th Giro dell'Emilia
2nd Clásica de San Sebastián
3rd Road race, Olympic Games
3rd Giro dell'Emilia
5th Klasika Primavera
5th Coppa Sabatini
6th Overall Tour de Wallonie
2nd Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2nd GP Miguel Induráin
3rd Overall Tour de Wallonie
3rd Giro di Lombardia
4th Overall Tour of Ireland
6th Amstel Gold Race
7th Giro dell'Emilia
9th Overall Tour of Slovenia
9th Clásica de Almería
9th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2010 (1)
1st Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd GP Miguel Induráin
4th Giro dell'Emilia
7th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2nd GP Miguel Induráin
5th Road race, National Road Championships
5th Amstel Gold Race
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
4th Overall Tour de Pologne
5th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
9th Trofeo Melinda
2013 (1)
3rd Overall Tour de Wallonie
1st Stage 1
3rd Tre Valli Varesine
7th Strade Bianche
9th Coppa Ugo Agostoni
7th GP Miguel Induráin
10th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
1st Mountains classification, Volta ao Algarve
10th Overall Giro di Toscana

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

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

Classics results timeline

Monument 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Milan–San Remo 46 51 DNF 73
Tour of Flanders 94
Paris–Roubaix Did not contest during his career
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 44 39 60 45 44 9 2 11 75 33
Giro di Lombardia 56 DNF 23 11 13 3 DNF 14 DNF 13 DNF
Classic 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Strade Bianche Race did not exist 1 7 74
Amstel Gold Race DNF 51 64 53 36 6 21 5 19 19
La Flèche Wallonne 5 59 29 53 DNF 21 74 81 96 48
Clásica de San Sebastián 61 101 33 19 DNF 2 15 45 21 11
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec Race did not exist 38 22
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 3 30
Giro dell'Emilia 2 11 12 9 3 7 4 DNF

Major championship results timeline

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Gold medal Olympic Games Not held 10 Not held 3 Not held 24 Not held
Rainbow jersey World Championships 153 49 DNF 7 26 2 44 2 7 28 DNF 46
National jersey National Championships 1 1 5 2 8 9 DNF
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 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  5. ^ "Alexandr Kolobnev signs for Team Katusha". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
  6. ^ Nigel Wynn (March 2012). "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. ^ "Alexander Kolobnev to receive Olympic medal". January 26, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2023.
  10. ^ "Press release: Adverse Analytical Finding for Kolobnev". Union Cycliste Internationale. July 11, 2011. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  11. ^ "Kolobnev Tour de France's first doping case". Cycling News. Bath, UK: Future Publishing Limited. July 11, 2011. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  12. ^ "Sanctions, Period of Ineligibily, Disqualification". UCI. Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  13. ^ "Kolobnev Not With Katusha In 2012". December 19, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  14. ^ BBC Sport – Alexandr Kolobnev escapes doping ban but fined £1,040
  15. ^ "Vinokourov summoned to UCI regarding his Liege-Bastogne-Liege victory". English. November 6, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  16. ^ "Vinokourov and Kolobnev risk six-month jail sentence for alleged Liège–Bastogne–Liège 'bribery'". September 12, 2019. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  17. ^ "Vinokourov and Kolobnev cleared of selling 2010 Liège-Bastogne-Liège". November 5, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  18. ^ Fletcher, Patrick (January 21, 2022). "Campenaerts and Vermeersch check into Kolobnev's altitude hotel". Retrieved January 24, 2022.
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