‘VEHEMENTLY DENIES CHARGES’: Jonathan Tiernan-Locke
CYCLING star Jonathan Tiernan-Locke faces disciplinary proceedings after the sport’s governing body issued a shock statement this morning claiming to have found anomalies with his biological passport.
The Team Sky rider, 28, has been left in limbo since the end of September, when the UCI asked Tiernan-Locke to explain differences between his ‘blood values’ between his time at Endura Racing and the end of the 2012 season.
The UCI statement said that an “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).”
“Consequently and in compliance with the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the UCI has requested his National Federation to initiate disciplinary proceedings.”
In October, Tiernan-Locke’s managed Andrew McQuaid issued a statement saying that he was ‘extremely confident’ that Locke would be cleared once they had presented their answers.
McQuaid released a statement following the UCI’s announcement saying: “Mr Jonathan Tiernan-Locke vehemently denied the charges bought against him and has informed the UCI that he fully intends to contest them.”
Locke has never failed a test, nor has he ever been accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs.
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