PARIS, Aug 02, 2014 (AFP) – Czech rider Roman Kreuziger has been
provisionally suspended with immediate effect for an anti-doping rule
violation based on his biological passport, the International Cycling Union
(UCI) announced on Saturday.
“The decision was taken following confirmation received on August 1st, 2014
that Roman Kreuziger intended to participate in the upcoming Tour of Poland
and Vuelta a Espana,” the UCI said in a statement.
Kreuziger, 28, finished fifth on last year’s Tour de France but was told by
his team Tinkoff-Saxo that he would not be take part in this year’s edition of
the race after the problems were initially discovered.
He will now face disciplinary proceedings for the anomalies in his
biological passport, which relate to the periods between March and August 2011
and April 2012 until the end of that year’s Giro d’Italia.
At that time he was riding for the Kazakh team Astana.
Tinkoff-Saxo said that Kreuziger “will remain suspended from all racing
until a verdict has been reached.”
However, they added: “Tinkoff-Saxo cannot avoid criticizing the timing of
this decision — as the rider and team was notified less than 24 hours before
the start of the Tour of Poland.
“The team notes that this materially impairs its participation in this
important race and that Kreuziger receives his provisional suspension without
solid evidence of any wrongdoing but only based on the opinion of medical
experts of the UCI Anti-doping Commission.”