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The Czech rider had been due to support Alberto Contador in last month’s Tour de France but was withdrawn from the squad for the race by his team at the end of June after he was first told that his biological passport data was being examined.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.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.