By Nigel Wynn
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke says that he will make a low-key return to bike racing in February, after his two-year ban for doping expired at the end of December 2015.
Tiernan-Locke will take part in the Primavera Road Race near his home in Devon on Sunday, February 28, according to the Torquay Herald Express newspaper.
The 31-year-old from Plymouth was banned for two years after irregularities were detected in his anti-doping biological passport after a test prior to the 2012 World Championships.
His victories in the 2012 Tour Alsace and Tour du Haut Var remain on his palmares.
Tiernan-Locke has continued to maintain his innocence, and initially blamed the adverse test result on a night of heavy drinking. His subsequent appeal to UK Anti-Doping was rejected.
Several teams had reportedly been interested in signing Tiernan-Locke for 2016, but he has said that - for now - he will race as an independent.
"I am looking forward to bumping into people I haven't seen since I last rode at this level six or seven years ago," Tiernan-Locke said.
"I want to enjoy racing again, first and foremost, see what sort of form I'm in and then take it from there."
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