Team Sky rider investigated for doping violation
The UCI have announced they have opened disciplinary proceedings against Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke over a possible anti-doping rule violation.
In September, Tiernan-Locke had been asked by the sport's governing body to provide an explanation for irregularities in his biological passport, which are believed to date from late 2012 when he was racing for Endura, having agreed to join Team Sky for the following year.
A statement from the UCI read: "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).
"Consequently and in compliance with the UCI anti-doping rules, the UCI has requested his National Federation to initiate disciplinary proceedings."
Andrew McQuaid, Tiernan-Locke's manager, released a statement on behalf of his rider, which read: "Jonathan Tiernan Locke was notified that the UCI wish to instruct British Cycling to instigate proceedings against him regarding an abnormality in his biological passport.
"Mr Tiernan Locke vehemently denies the charges brought against him and has informed the UCI that he fully intends to contest them. [He] is looking forward to a speedy and just resolution of these unfortunate charges."
In a separate statement, Team Sky confirmed that Tiernan-Locke would not ride or be involved in any team activities until a decision is made by doping authorities, and acknowledged that the abnormal readings pre-date his involvement with the team.
"We have been informed that he intends to defend himself against that charge," read the statement.
"There are no doubts about his approach or performance in Team Sky. This is a team that trains, races and wins clean."
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