With new information coming to light, the UCI and WADA have dropped their CAS case against Roman Kreuziger, who was accused over biological passport irregularities

The UCI and WADA’s case against Tinkoff-Saxo’s Roman Kreuziger has been dropped just days before it was scheduled to go in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Kreuziger reportedly recorded abnormal biological passport readings in June 2014, something which WADA claims could be a sign of doping, and was withdrawn from races until October of that year.

When the Czech Olympic Committee acquitted the rider of any wrongdoing, the UCI decided to take the case to CAS, with the case set to go before the court on Wednesday, June 10.

But on Friday afternoon the UCI announced in a press release that the case will no longer be going ahead due to ‘newly obtained information’.

The UCI’s statement read: “Based on the availability of newly obtained information, the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) have come to the conclusion that, in accordance with the applicable UCI anti-doping rules and WADA Athlete Biological Passport operating guidelines, there is at this stage no basis to proceed further.

“They have therefore decided to withdraw their appeals.”

Kreuziger has pleaded his innocense throughout the case, even undergoing a lie detector test to prove he had not doped. His lawyer attributed the abnormal blood levels to ‘thyroid problems and mishandled samples’.

He was allowed to continue racing while the CAS case was pending, finishing fifth in the 2015 Liege-Bastogne-Liege and helping Alberto Contador to win the Giro d’Italia in May.

  • elan

    With the recent news regarding athletics doping,dont know if its true or not,it would be a smack in the mouth for Nike if it was happening right under their nose.If sportsman is found not guilty that is it,he is free to continue with his sport.To much is being spent chasing cyclists around the world that other sports must be laughing all the way.Will Nike drop that sponsorship like they did with Lance? Hope Kreuziger helps Alberto win the tour.

  • ian franklin

    Huh? We have presented the UCI, via lawyers, conclusive proof of UCI Constitution item 6 being breached time and again by a national cycling body and they absolutely refuse to do anything about it. Under these conditions would you trust the UCI to run international cycling with a fair hand?. In my sad experience the answer is an emphatic NO. Huh?

  • blemcooper

    Huh? It’s not just UCI dropping its case, but also WADA.

    And the article indicates that the info they recently got points out that the case does not merit further appeal. Or are you saying the case file should be frozen at information available at the time the adverse finding? If so, that is actually what is a breach of the anti-doping code since it’s the athlete’s right to provide more info to help their case.

    Perhaps the new info is new medical research showing that the biopassport model from a few years ago was inadequate in providing the necessary level of confidence that doping occurred. And now the biopassport model has more info to go on.

  • ian franklin

    What’s with the UCI. Is it becoming like Fifa? It has been presented with legal documents pointing out breaches of it’s constitution and it is turning it’s back on it and refusing to take action.

  • blemcooper

    > Kreuziger reportedly recorded abnormal biological passport readings in June 2014

    The abnormal data was from 2011 and 2012.