Cycling - Tiernan-Locke two-year doping ban upheld

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Cycling - Tiernan-Locke two-year doping ban upheld
British Jonathan Tiernan-Locke poses on the podium after crossing the finish line of the last stage of the Tour Mediterraneen cycling race (Mediterranean Tour) on February 12, 2012 in Evenos, southern France. Tiernan-Locke (Endura Racing) won the tour ahead Spanish Daniel Navarro (Saxo Bank) and Italian Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone). AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (AFP Photo/BORIS HORVAT)

- Former Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke's two-year suspension for breaching doping regulations was upheld after UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) rejected his appeal.

Tiernan-Locke's ban was announced by world governing body the International Cycling Union last month after he provided irregular blood samples in September 2012. Sky subsequently terminated his contract.

At a hearing last month, the 29-year-old claimed there had been anomalies in his biological passport because he had gone on a drinking binge with his girlfriend to celebrate a new two-year deal with Sky.

But in a statement on Monday, UKAD said: "The explanation provided by the rider ... did not sufficiently explain the abnormal values obtained from the sample".


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