UCI opens biological passport case against Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

The UCI has started disciplinary proceedings against Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke for a doping violation, the UCI said on Tuesday.

“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),” the UCI said in a statement.

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke rode for Team Sky during the 2013 season, but the biological passport irregularities comes from 2012, before he joined the team.

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke rode for Team Sky during the 2013 season, but the biological passport irregularities comes from 2012, before he joined the team.

In line with UCI anti-doping rules, the governing body said it had asked British Cycling to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the rider. It declined to comment further.

The 28-year-old Tiernan-Locke, who joined Sky in January after winning last year’s Tour of Britain, later released a statement via his management company in which he denied any wrongdoing.

“Mr Tiernan-Locke vehemently denies the charges brought against him and has informed the UCI that he fully intends to contest them,” the statement said.

“Mr Tiernan-Locke will not ride for Team Sky, attend training camps or undertake any team duties until a decision is made in these proceedings.

“Mr Tiernan-Locke is looking forward to a speedy and just resolution of these unfortunate charges. Until a decision has been reached, Mr Tiernan-Locke will make no further comment on the matter.”

In September, Team Sky announced that Tiernan-Locke faced an investigation by the UCI over unexplained discrepancies in his biological passport and had withdrawn from racing.

The UCI uses biological passports to monitor riders’ blood readings for signs of doping offences.

Sky reiterated its claim that the data being assessed came from Tiernan-Locke’s time with former team Endura.

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“We understand that the violation was highlighted by an anomaly in his biological passport, in a reading taken before he signed for this team,” said a Team Sky statement.

“There are no doubts about his approach or performance in Team Sky. This is a team that trains, races and wins clean.”

Endura, meanwhile, declined to comment on the UCI probe, but said the news was “disappointing”.

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Read the Team Sky statement here and the UCI’s initial release here.

12 Riders To Watch For 2014

As the 2014 season approaches The Inner Ring has selected twelve riders he thinks we should keep your eye on. Six established riders, and six young riders.

Who’s your shortlist of riders to watch out for? For me, Michael Matthews, Caleb Ewan, and Warren Barguil spring to mind. Read the Inner Ring’s here.

Cookson supports Cyclocross in winter Olympics

UCI president Brian Cookson is in favour of including cyclocross in the Winter Olympics, he told an assembly of the Belgian Cycling Federation (KBWB/RLVB) on the weekend. With road, track, mountainbike and now BMX all included in the Summer Olympic schedule, cyclocross remains the only major cycling discipline that does not feature in the Olympics.

While some cyclocross races take place on snow, the sport itself is generally run over grass, sand and dirt, which means that it doesn’t currently qualify for the Winter Olympics.

While some cyclocross races take place on snow, the sport itself is generally run over grass, sand and dirt, which means that it doesn’t currently qualify for the Winter Olympics.

“I’m a fan of cyclocross; beer, frites and mayonnaise,” he laughed. “And Sven Nys is a incredible athlete.”

Unfortunately for the possible inclusion of the discipline in the Winter Games, rule six, section two, of the Olympic charter states that “only those sports which are practised on snow or ice are considered as winter sports.”

Since Cyclocross generally runs over grass, sand and dirt, even though it sometimes snows it technically doesn’t qualify as a winter sport.

Read more on Velonation

Video testimonies against Bruyneel, Celaya and Marti given at doping hearing in London

Although USADA has refused to comment on whether or not Johan Bruyneel’s doping hearing is taking place in London, VeloNation is reporting that the process did in fact begin yesterday and that a number of witnesses have already given evidence.

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A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Velonation that video testimony was provided yesterday in relation to the charges Bruyneel, former US Postal team doctor Pedro Celaya and former team coach Pepe Marti are facing.

All have been accused of serious doping violations and are facing sanctions.

Read more on Velonation

SRAM Red electronic road group: more images and info

SRAM is known for leaking images and information about new products and it’s no surprise that they have an electronic groupset in the works. Two employees, Mike Hemme and Scott McLaughlin tested their new electronic groupset at the Midwest regional championship event in Chicago, Illinois over the weekend and some fresh images appeared on the internet.

The SRAM electronic prototype rear derailleur. Prototype SRAM electronic derailleur. Photo: Von R Buzard

The SRAM electronic prototype rear derailleur. Prototype SRAM electronic derailleur. Photo: Von R Buzard

The photos give us a bit more of a clue as to how the groupset might look, but there isn’t any information from the company so we can only speculate.

See BikeRadar or BikeRumour or Road.cc for more information

The Wheel That Will Change Bikes Forever

Dubbed the “Copenhagen Wheel”, it might not be interesting or useful for most of you readers, but the significance of electronic assisted bikes is that it is a significant stepping stone to get more people on bikes. Isn’t that what we ultimately want?

The Rocacorba Recap

And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:


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Today’s feature image was taken by Kristof Ramon and shows the Sa Colabra climb in Mallorca at the 2012 Team Sky training camp.