The UCI and WADA's case against Tinkoff-Saxo's Roman Kreuziger has been dropped just days before it was scheduled to go in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Kreuziger reportedly recorded abnormal biological passport readings in June 2014, something which WADA claims could be a sign of doping, and was withdrawn from races until October of that year.
But on Friday afternoon the UCI announced in a press release that the case will no longer be going ahead due to 'newly obtained information'.
The UCI's statement read: "Based on the availability of newly obtained information, the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) have come to the conclusion that, in accordance with the applicable UCI anti-doping rules and WADA Athlete Biological Passport operating guidelines, there is at this stage no basis to proceed further.
"They have therefore decided to withdraw their appeals."
Kreuziger has pleaded his innocense throughout the case, even undergoing a lie detector test to prove he had not doped. His lawyer attributed the abnormal blood levels to 'thyroid problems and mishandled samples'.
He was allowed to continue racing while the CAS case was pending, finishing fifth in the 2015 Liege-Bastogne-Liege and helping Alberto Contador to win the Giro d'Italia in May.
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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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