Jon Tiernan-Locke anti-doping hearing postponed until the summer

UKAD confirm delay of long-running case following a request from the 2012 Tour of Britain winner.

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Tour de Suisse 2013, stage four
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

The hearing into the anti-doping case of Sky rider Jon Tiernan-Locke has been postponed until the summer, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) confirmed today.

Disciplinary action against the Sky rider was requested by the UCI in December after his biological passport data from 2013 was found to contain anomalies.

However, the case of the 29-year-old Devonian will now be delayed until the summer following a request from the 2012 Tour of Britain winner. It is believed a sample provided around the time of this victory was what triggered an investigation into his data.

A statement from UKAD read:

“The hearing of the anti-doping case against Mr Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been postponed until the summer.  This is at the athlete’s request. Proceedings are confidential until their conclusion, as dictated by the Anti-Doping Rules.  To protect the rights of all involved and the integrity of the process, we are unable to comment further or disclose exact timeframes, which are in any event changeable depending on outcomes.  However, as soon as appropriate we will publish the decision on our website.”

Tiernan-Locke has not raced since September 15 last year, when he failed to finish the GP de Montréal World Tour event in Canada. Sky suspended him from racing, as well as taking part in "any team activities" following the start of disciplinary proceedings.

The former Rapha Condor-Sharp and Endura racing rider denies the charges.

 

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.