Prague, March 23, 2015 (AFP) – Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger, accused of
doping charges over problems in his biological passport, has slammed
anti-doping bodies over delays in his case that has hampered his career.
“I never cease to be amazed. Another delay,” the 28-year-old Tinkoff-Saxo
rider wrote on Twitter, blaming the Court of Arbitration for Sport alongside
the international cycling association UCI and the WADA anti-doping watchdog.
The CAS has proposed June 10 “for the hearing and (the) verdict a month
later. UCI/WADA rejected 2 proposed dates!” Kreuziger said.
Originally, the hearing was scheduled for the turn of March and April.
“Feel like Alice in Wonderland. I would choose April no question,” said
Kreuziger, who underwent a lie detector test in January in a bid to clear his
The International Cycling Union (UCI) sanctioned the Czech for anomalies in
his biological passport during two distinct periods — from March to August
2011 and April 2012 to the end of the 2012 Tour of Italy — when he was riding
for the Astana team.
Krueziger finished fifth in both the 2011 Tour of Italy and 2013 Tour de
France, and won the Amstel Gold Race in 2013.
After being dropped from the 2014 Tour de France, Kreuziger resumed racing
when the Czech Olympic Committee had cleared him of the charges last September.
But the CAS reopened the case a month later when the UCI had appealed the
Czech committee’s decision.
“I’m not delaying things. These are tests from 2011. Four years and no
urgency,” Kreuziger said on Twitter.
Earlier this month he finished 10th in the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race
before taking the 29th spot in the Milan-San Remo race on Sunday.
The UCI wants Kreuziger banned for between two and four years and all his
results since March 2011 erased, along with a 770,000-euro ($957,000) fine.
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