British rider, Tiernan-Locke receives two-year doping ban

By Jayanta Oinam | Updated: Jul 18, 2014, 11:18 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Aigle, Switzerland: British rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke receives a two-year suspension for a doping charge. In the follow-up, Team Sky, which lost their leader and defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome due to a crash, sacked the 29-year-old with immediate effect.

Tiernan-Locke joined Team Sky at the end of 2012 after capturing the Tour of Britain with the Endura team. His other claims to fame include title winning performances in the Tour du Haut Var, Tour of the Mediterranean and Tour d’Alsace.

Following the suspension, he has now been stripped of the Tour of Britain title and the 19th place finish in the 2012 world road race championship, which he took part as a Great Britain rider.

The Plymouth-born rider was caught out by irregular passport values in 2012 before he joined the British World Tour squad. The International Cycling Union (UCI) updated its anti-doping violations list on Thursday, with Tiernan-Locke’s name on it.

The 29-year-old has been banned until December 31, 2015 and stripped of his 2012 Tour of Britain victory. And he will be not be available to race again until 1 January, 2016.

With Agency inputs