World cycling’s governing body, the UCI, says it has provisionally suspended Tinkoff-Saxo rider Roman Kreuziger due to anomalies in his biological passport.
The Czech rider had been due to support Alberto Contador in last month’s Tour de France but was withdrawn from the squad for the race by his team at the end of June after he was first told that his biological passport data was being examined.
Last week, it was widely reported that the 28-year-old planned to return to racing, which appears to have prompted the UCI’s decision to suspend him.
In a statement released yesterday, it said that it had imposed the provisional suspension on Kreuziger “in connection with the recent assertion of an anti-doping rule violation based on his athlete biological passport.
“The decision was taken following confirmation received on August 1st, 2014 that Roman Kreuziger intended to participate in the upcoming Tour of Poland and Vuelta a España.”
Tinkoff-Saxo criticised the timing of the UCI’s announcement, which came the day before today’s start of the Tour of Poland.
It said that it “cannot avoid criticising the timing of this decision – as the rider and team was notified less than 24 hours before the start of WorldTour race Tour de Pologne.
“The team notes that this materially impairs its participation in this important race and that Kreuziger receives his provisional suspension without solid evidence of any wrong doing but only based on the opinion of medical experts of the UCI Anti-doping Commission.”
Kreuziger, winner of last year’s Amstel Gold Race, was replaced in Tinkoff-Saxo’s Tour de France line-up by the Polish rider, Rafal Majka, who went on to win two stages and the mountains classification and has now been rewarded with a new contract with the Danish team.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.