Sky's Tiernan-Locke faces action for doping violation

Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:08am EST
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke faces disciplinary action after an analysis of his biological passport showed "anti-doping rule violation", the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Tuesday.

"The analysis of the biological passport of Mr. Jonathan Tiernan-Locke by the Experts Panel has demonstrated an anti-doping rule violation (use of prohibited substances and/or methods)," the UCI said in a statement.

"Consequently and in compliance with the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the UCI has requested his National Federation to initiate disciplinary proceedings."

If found guilty, Briton Tiernan-Locke, who denies any wrongdoing, could face a two-year ban.

"Mr. Tiernan Locke vehemently denies the charges brought against him and has informed the UCI that he fully intends to contest them," a statement from the rider's representatives read.

Once hailed as a brilliant British prospect, the 2012 Tour of Britain winner was withdrawn from racing in September after being questioned by the UCI over a discrepancy in his blood data.

Tiernan-Locke then pulled out of the world championships' road race in Florence, Italy. He has not raced since then.

The 29-year-old rider broke into the limelight in 2012, winning the Tour Mediterraneen, the Tour du Haut Var and the Tour of Britain while riding for the British Endura Racing team.   Continued...