Two year ban confirmed for Tiernan Locke as rider decides not to appeal

Former Endura Racing and Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has had his two year suspension for doping confirmed today by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), with the rider electing not to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Tiernan-Locke made a strong improvement in results in 2012, winning the Tour du Haut Var, the Tour […]


Tiernan-Locke given two year ban over biological passport violation, fired by Team Sky

Jonathan Tiernan Locke has been handed a two year ban by UK Anti Doping’s National Anti Doping Panel in connection with a biological passport violation indicative of blood doping. The Team Sky rider came under investigation last year over values relating back to September 2012, when he was racing with Team Endura. He unexpectedly headed […]


Audio: UCI president Cookson rejects any suggestion of Makarov shielding Menchov

UCI president Brian Cookson has rejected any question of Russian UCI management committee member and Katusha team owner Igor Makarov having influence over the handling of the Denis Menchov case, saying that there was no interference in the matter. On Saturday it was confirmed that Menchov had been handed a two year ban and disqualified […]


Daryl Impey returns positive doping result for masking agent Probenecid

Orica-GreenEdge’s Darryl Impey has returned a positive A and B sample for the substance Probenecid after the South African Championships in February. The 29 year old South African wore the yellow jersey for two stages in last year’s Tour de France and had been left off of Orica-GreenEdge’s roster for the Grand Depart this Saturday […]


“Anti-doping has failed: it’s time to allow drugs in sport”

Speak to many of the riders in the modern peloton and you’ll hear the same thing – professional cycling is considerably cleaner than it was 10 years ago. But the reality is that the sport will never be entirely free of doping – there will always be those that look beyond the rules for an […]


Iranian domination leads to questions, some explanations

Take a sport which has been through the mill in terms of doping scandals. Add in utterly dominant performances by riders hailing from a country with a very different culture and several past positives. It is perhaps inevitable that questions will be asked; what’s harder is to answer them. CyclingTips spoke to two people with […]


Rogers cleared but questions about clenbuterol remain

The UCI announced on Wednesday that Tinkoff-Saxo rider Michael Rogers would not be sanctioned for an adverse analytical finding for clenbuterol following the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race late last year. Rogers won the race on October 20 – only three days after he left China following the Tour of Beijing – and thus told […]


Xenon gas as a performance-enhancing drug: doping or just hot air?

Last month The Economist published an article suggesting that Russian athletes have been using xenon gas as a performance-enhancing substances for a decade or more. While the practice is not specifically banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) it does raise questions about what constitutes doping and what practices should and shouldn’t be allowed. CyclingTips […]


An interview with Stuart O’Grady

It’s been a little more than seven months since Stuart O’Grady retired from the sport and, a day or so later, admitted to using EPO in preparation for the 1998 Tour de France. Now, on the eve of the release of his book, “Battle Scars”, Stuart O’Grady is on a media tour to talk about […]


Ballan banned two years, sacked by BMC

Italy’s Alessandro Ballan, the world road race champion in 2008, was handed a two-year doping ban by Italy’s Olympic Committee (CONI) on Friday. Later on Friday, the 36-year-old rider was sacked by his team BMC. Ballan was punished by CONI’s anti-doping tribunal after it ruled he had contravened article 2.2 of the World Anti-Doping Agency […]