Banned racer Jonathan Tiernan-Locke prohibited from driving for 17 months after admitting drink driving offence dating back to April 24

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been banned from driving for 17 months after pleading guilty to a drink driving incident in Plymouth, Devon, on April 24 this year.

The former Team Sky rider, who was banned from racing a bike for two years after biological passport abnormalities, was spotted on CCTV getting into his Land Rover outside a bar at 3.45am.

The Torquay Herald Express reports that Tiernan-Locke was then seen driving down Tavistock Place before pulling up outside Caffeine Club. Police were called and he was taken to Charles Cross police station.

Prosecutor Gareth Warden told Plymouth Magistrates that there was an issue with providing a breath test, so Tiernan-Locke gave a blood sample. Analysis showed 204mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood – the legal limit is 80mg.

Tiernan-Locke was banned from driving for 17 months, although he could have that reduced by a quarter if he attends drink driver rehabilitation programme.

In 2013, the rider mitigated his biological passport abnormalities by explaining he had been on a binge drinking session between winning the Tour of Britain in 2012 and his selection for the World Championships.

The Devon-based rider maintains his innocence against the doping charges, and admits he’s planning a return to racing when his ban ends in 2016.

  • Poor sod. Nothing going right for him…

  • hailpantani

    Exactly. I immediately thought the same thing!

  • ian franklin

    No necessarily. When someone posts the kind of rubbish you post then highlighting your ignorance by showing just how stupidly uneducated you are is a suitable riposte.

  • Freddie

    Unnecessary trolling. Get a life, pull your head out of where it currently sits and enjoy the sunshine my friend!

  • ian franklin

    Do you mean ‘off eBay’? ‘Of eBay’ means something else.

  • Timlewis

    I completely agree.. Oh well he could always buy a team sky Jersey of eBay and take up cycling

  • Timlewis

    I completely agree.. This so called cyclist needs to sort his life out.. Doping now alcohol ..

  • Lee Wingate

    this chap clearly has a problem, he should be offered professional support rather being in the cycling rag!

  • Gordon Morris

    If he’s able to drive that loaded with alcohol then perhaps he is (a) stupid enough and (b) capable enough of going on a 34-unit bender the week before national championships.