Former Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke says he's confident the biological passport won't stand up to the scrutiny of the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke says he’s pleased for Roman Kreuziger for seeing his biological passport case dropped by the UCI, but continues to insist the testing and disciplinary process is flawed.

The former Team Sky rider is currently serving a two-year ban handed down by the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) for abnormal blood levels dating back to his time with Endura Racing in 2012.

While Kreuziger was cleared by his Olympic association, the UCI decided to appeal the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), something that Tiernan-Locke claims he could never have afforded to do.

“I’m really happy for Kreuziger that he has finally been cleared,” he told the Western Morning News, “but it’s so worrying that it got that far.

“I can only imagine the expense he must have incurred – and he must have been almost out the door on his way to Switzerland when the UCI decision came. It was so last-minute.

“His reputation has taken a massive hit, just like mine has, and also that of his team.”

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Tour of Britain 2012, stage eight

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Tour of Britain 2012, stage eight

He added: “As far as taking my own case further, the small window of opportunity to go to CAS has long since passed, even if I could have afforded it.

“However, should the chance arise in the future where I could be heard at a proper court, I would grab it with both hands, as I’m confident the ‘passport’ would not stand up to the same scrutiny applied to forensics there.”

Tiernan-Locke, who had his 2012 Tour of Britain title stripped after his abnormal blood levels were discovered, is keen to return to racing once his ban expires on January 1, 2016.

But the 30-year-old still holds reservations about the legitimacy of the UCI’s biological passport program.

“I’ve never wanted to hurt the sport of cycling – I hope to race again next year,” he added “But as I found out, the process is so weighted against the athlete.

“For the UCI, the passport has to seem infallible, so they need to win cases at almost any cost. And it’s wrong that, on the back of that, they have the power of God, it seems.”

  • Timlewis

    Ian franklin.. Team sky got rid of him cause they didn’t want a convicted doper .. It’s as simple as that

  • ian franklin

    Oh dear Tim. If life were only that simple ……..!!??!! I also think you meant ‘lead’ weight? Given Sky’s position and the relationship between Cookson and Sir David, I think the answer they dropped him in the manner they did is a little more complicated than that!

  • Timlewis

    Ian franklin.. So why did team sky drop him like a led weight .. Because they didn’t want a doping cheating cyclist in their ranks.. That’s why!!!

  • Timlewis

    Cliff.. No that doper scumbag Miller SHOULD not be allowed an option!!!

  • Gary Jogela

    We’ll just have to accept that drinking loads of alcohol on the eve of the worlds was the reason for the anomalies then eh.
    i think J L-T didn’t do himself any favours with that excuse

  • Cliff

    So you didn’t agree with David Millar being allowed back?

  • Cliff

    So David Millar “shouldn’t be allowed an opinion” either?

  • ian franklin

    That is no reason to dismiss what he says.

  • ummm…

    How can the UCI back off of Astana or Katousha because they didn’t have an iron clad unimpeachable argument or proof, while JTL is allowed to be sanctioned based upon circumstantial evidence – the BP?

  • ummm…

    maybe “new information” means a envelope filled with money, or something equivalent.

  • Gary Jogela

    J T-l seems keen to profess his innocence.you think”wait a minute he may not have cheated”.Then you remind yourself of all the other “innocents” that got caught.there’s a long list.

  • ian franklin

    There is off course the slight possibility that he has not ‘admitted it publicly’ (as you say) because he may not have doped. This point of view should be considered and the politics behind his conviction should also be considered. Is this not a reasonable assumption?

  • ian franklin

    There is no proof that JT-L actually doped. There was a biological passport anomaly which raises questions about this process, I’m not convinced either way. He may have doped, he may not have. What I do know is that the UCI are not given to rational argument. I have an ongoing case against the UCI which has only arisen because they 100% refuse to listen. I just wonder if Mr Cookson copes with the rigours of his position by turning his back on anything that is too difficult to handle. Given my personal experience, I know how frustrating it is to deal with the UCI and this gives rise to a tiny bit of concern about J T-L’s case. It fell at a bad time and he was unfortunate that it happened when it did. But to make a blanket statement such as Simon Clarke’s below is simply a knee-jerk reaction which is not helpful to anyone.

  • Timlewis

    Blem cooper.. Tiernan Locke should not but allowed opinion. If he hadn’t of doped he wouldn’t be in this position now.. He hasn’t even admitted it publicly .. once a doper always a cheating lying doper

  • blemcooper

    Disregarding Tiernan-Locke’s motivations for the moment, Kreuziger was also convicted, but it was overturned by his federation (not necessarily a surprise), and most interestingly, WADA and UCI have both dropped their appeal because some new information came to light. What happened!? We should know what the nature of that information is. Not tipping off dopers or spoiling ongoing passport cases is not a valid excuse for apparently indefinite total silence.

    Even if they can’t offer details for good reasons, they should offer something, some categorization of what happened in the Kreuziger case beyond “new information” or even a statement that some more info will be forthcoming once ongoing investigations are completed.

    Otherwise, it just allows folks (e.g. Tiernan-Locke) to cast doubt on the whole system.

  • lee

    he’s keen to return but dopers and cheats are not actually wanted. best find something else to do.

  • Timlewis

    Simon Clarke .. I totally agree.. Tiernan Locke is a convicted doper!! He shouldn’t be allowed an opinion.. Cheat liar and doper!!!

  • Simon Clarke

    Line up with all the other cheats mate…