Jonathan Tiernan-Locke Two-Year Doping Ban Upheld

Jonathan Locke Team Sky 2013

LONDON, Aug 18, 2014 (AFP) – Former Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke’s
two-year suspension for breaching doping regulations was upheld on Monday
after UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) rejected his appeal against the sanction.

Tiernan-Locke’s ban was announced by world governing body the International
Cycling Union (UCI) last month after he was found to have provided irregular
blood samples in September 2012. Sky subsequently terminated his contract.

At a hearing last month, the 29-year-old claimed there had been anomalies
in his biological passport because he had gone on a drinking binge with his
girlfriend to celebrate a new two-year deal with Sky.

But in a statement released on Monday, UKAD said: “The explanation provided
by the rider … did not sufficiently explain the abnormal values obtained
from the sample”.

A doctor who presented evidence on behalf of Tiernan-Locke said that he had
been left dehydrated after consuming around 33 units of alcohol two days
before the blood sample was taken.

Tiernan-Locke had previously been stripped of his 2012 Tour of Britain
victory and his 19th-place finish at the 2012 UCI Road World Championships.
His ban will run until December 31, 2015.