Jonathan Tiernan-Locke forced to forget about professional cycling

"I'm still a young man with plenty to offer" says Jonathan Tiernan-Locke as he considers his future after doping ban

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Tour of Britain 2012

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has said that he must forget racing after being banned for two years as a result of anomalies in his anti-doping biological passport. The British cyclist rode with team Endura and won several stage races in 2012, but off-values forced him to a stop after he joined Team Sky in 2013.

"I got into riding because I loved it not because I thought it would be a great way of earning a living," he told local newspaper, the Plymouth Herald. "After all this, I don't know if my heart is still in it. There has been so much negativity and I'm still a young man with plenty to offer, especially after this experience.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.