Banned former Team Sky cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has set his sights on a berth in a British domestic team for 2016 as his suspension for alleged biological passport violations comes to an end.
The Devon racer was slapped with a two-year ban after a test showed raised blood levels after his surprise Tour of Britain win in 2012, which Tiernan-Locke puts down to not rehydrating after a night out drinking in Bristol.
Speaking to the Torquay Herald Express, the 30-year-old confirmed his comeback was on and that he is confident of returning to the kind of form that attracted Team Sky to sign him for the 2013 season.
He says: "I've no doubt that I can get back to the level I was riding at in 2012. I also believe I can make myself a more complete rider than before.
"If I can do the top UK, Premier Calendar races and, say, UCI 2.2-level events, and pick up wins, that would be great.
"And I'd like to have a proper crack at the National Road Race Championships, where I've never done as well as I've wanted in the past."
His ban resulted in his 2012 Tour of Britain title, where he beat a host of WorldTour riders to win by 18 seconds, being taken away.
"I know I won that tour fair and square – I've got the photos and I still have the jersey," he added.
"I know, and my Endura Racing teammates know, what we put into the race, and into others."
Tiernan-Locke’s suspension officially comes to an end on December 31, 2015, having started on January 1, 2014.
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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