The Irish Mail on Sunday

Team Sky anti-doping case is postponed at rider’s request


TEAM SKY cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has requested a delay in the hearing which will determine his fate, UK Anti-Doping has announced.

Tiernan-Locke, who won the 2012 Tour of Britain before joining Team Sky, vehemently denies any wrongdoing after the UCI last December opened disciplina­ry proceeding­s, to be carried out by UKAD, over alleged doping by the rider.

Discrepanc­ies in the 29- year-old’s biological passport data demonstrat­ed an antidoping violation, according to cycling’s world governing body, and he was withdrawn from duties with Team Sky until a decision is made in the disciplina­ry process. A UKAD statement read: ‘The hearing... has been postponed until the summer. This is at the athlete’s request.’

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