Tiernan-Locke doping case delayed

British Team Sky cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has requested a delay in his anti-doping hearing, now due for later this summer.

The 2012 Tour of Britain winner, 29, is under investigation after discrepancies in his biological passport demonstrated an anti-doping violation.

Tiernan-Locke denies any wrongdoing but has been suspended by his team.

The United Kingdom Anti-doping Agency (UKAD) said that the delay had been “at the athlete’s request”.

The Briton pulled out of the 2013 World Championships in September after being asked to

explain his results

by cycling’s governing body – the International Cycling Union (UCI).

Team Sky said at the time the readings were “taken before he signed”

in 2012.

The UCI opened disciplinary proceedings in December 2013 but the UKAD are handling the case on their behalf. It is unclear whether the process will be completed before the cyclist’s two-year contract with Team Sky ends in October.

A UKAD statement said: “Proceedings are confidential until their conclusion, as dictated by the anti-doping rules.

“To protect the rights of all involved and the integrity of the process, we are unable to comment further or disclose exact time-frames, which are in any event changeable depending on outcomes.

“However, as soon as appropriate we will publish the decision on our website.”

The case will eventually be heard by the National Anti-Doping Panel, which is likely to appoint a top lawyer as chairman, sitting alongside two medical or scientific experts.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/27519764

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