Prague, June 5, 2015 – Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger said Friday he
was free to race after the international cycling union UCI and the WADA
anti-doping watchdog dropped a doping case against him.
“I am happy and relieved that this case has come to an end. It has been a
very difficult period,” Kreuziger said in a statement after the UCI and WADA
had withdrawn their appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The UCI sanctioned the Tinkoff rider in 2014 for anomalies in his
biological passport during two distinct periods — from March to August 2011
and April 2012 to the end of the 2012 Giro d’Italia — when he was riding for
the Astana team.
Kreuziger was dropped by Tinkoff from the 2014 Tour de France because of
the charges, having finished fifth in the 2013 edition.
He resumed racing last September after the Czech Olympic Committee cleared
him of the charges.
But the CAS reopened the case a month later when the UCI appealed the Czech
The UCI and WADA said in a joint statement on Friday that “based on the
availability of newly obtained information… (they) have come to the
conclusion that… there is at this stage no basis to proceed further.”
The decision to drop the case comes a week ahead of a CAS hearing scheduled
for June 10.
“I am happy that the Athlete Biological Passport process has been proven to
be fair and that new information can be taken into consideration even if it
arises at the last minute,” said the 29-year-old Kreuziger.
“I remain confident that the ABP (biological passport) is a useful took in
anti-doping and I fully support it.
“I will now put this story behind me and totally focus on my racing
program,” said Kreuziger, who helped teammate Alberto Contador win the Giro
d’Italia last month, himself finishing 28th.
In a bid to clear his name, Kreuziger underwent a lie detector test and
tests at the Mayo Clinic in January.
The UCI originally wanted Kreuziger banned for between two and four years
and all his results since March 2011 erased, along with a 770,000-euro