Tiernan-Locke banned for two years

British rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been banned for two years and stripped of

his 2012 Tour of Britain

title for an anti-doping violation.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) imposed the suspension after

finding discrepancies in the 29-year-old’s biological passport.

Team Sky responded by

terminating Tiernan-Locke’s contract

“with immediate effect”.

He will be not be available to race again until 1 January, 2016.

Analysis



“It’s bad news for Jon Tiernan-Locke and the Endura team he was riding for when this came about, prior to him joining Team Sky.

“It shouldn’t damage Team Sky, they’ve done everything right and they will be happy it’s finally been sorted.”

The Plymouth-born rider

pulled out of the 2013 Road World Championships in September

after being asked to explain his results by the UCI, and has not raced since.

Team Sky say the anomalies arose in September 2012, shortly before he signed his two-year contract with the British team.

“In our team, there is no place for cheats,” team principal Sir Dave Brailsford said.

“If he has been convicted, I presume it is because the UCI think he has cheated.

“Everybody who comes to Team Sky knows what our stance is. His contract has been terminated.”

Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas backed Brailsford’s actions, and expressed frustration that a British rider had broken the sport’s anti-doping rules.

“It hurts more, for sure, with him being British,” the BBC Sport columnist said.

“I would ban him if he has been cheating. There is no space for it at all.”

Tiernan-Locke raced for Endura Racing in the 2012 season, claiming overall wins in the Tour Mediterraneen, Tour du Haut Var and Tour Alsace.

In September 2012, he became the first British rider since 1993 to win the Tour of Britain.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/28354686

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