Jonathan Tiernan-Locke handed 41-month driving ban for being over drink limit

Former Team Sky and Great Britain rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke found to be over the drink-drive limit in November 2016

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke.
(Image credit: Jesse Wild)

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been handed a 41-month ban from driving after admitting to exceeding the drink-drive alcohol limit in November 2016.

The former Team Sky and Great Britain cyclist was arrested by police after he was found to be over twice the alcohol limit when stopped driving his Ford Ranger on the A390 road in Cornwall, reports Cornwall Live.

The legal limit is 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood – Tiernan-Locke was found to have 165mg.

In addition to the driving ban, Tiernan-Locke has to pay a fine and costs totalling £315.

The 32-year-old from Plymouth was previously given a driving ban in July 2015 after being found to be over the drink-drive limit in April that year.

Tiernan-Locke was signed by Team Sky for the 2013 season, but was ejected from the British WorldTour team in 2014 after being handed a two-year suspension from competition for biological passport anomalies after a test taken prior to the 2012 World Championships. At the time, Tiernan-Locke blamed the anomaly on a binge-drinking session.

He was stripped of his 2012 Tour of Britain victory as part of the suspension.

His ban expired in December 2015 and he returned to competition in February 2016, finishing second in the Primavera Road Race. He spent the 2016 season riding domestic races for the amateur St Pirin team, saying that he had no desire to return to the professional ranks.

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