Updated: Monday, 18 August 2014 22:14 | By Agence France-Presse

Tiernan-Locke two-year doping ban upheld

Former Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke's two-year suspension for breaching doping regulations was upheld on Monday after UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) rejected his appeal against the sanction.


Tiernan-Locke two-year doping ban upheld

British cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke crosses the finish line of the last stage of the Mediterraneen Tour on February 12, 2012 in Evenos, southern France - by Boris Horvat

Tiernan-Locke's ban was announced by world governing body the International Cycling Union (UCI) last month after he was found to have provided irregular blood samples in September 2012. Sky subsequently terminated his contract.

At a hearing last month, the 29-year-old claimed there had been anomalies in his biological passport because he had gone on a drinking binge with his girlfriend to celebrate a new two-year deal with Sky.

But in a statement released on Monday, UKAD said: "The explanation provided by the rider ... did not sufficiently explain the abnormal values obtained from the sample".

A doctor who presented evidence on behalf of Tiernan-Locke said that he had been left dehydrated after consuming around 33 units of alcohol two days before the blood sample was taken.

Tiernan-Locke had previously been stripped of his 2012 Tour of Britain victory and his 19th-place finish at the 2012 UCI Road World Championships. His ban will run until December 31, 2015.

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