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Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been beaten into second place in his first race back from a doping ban – with the victory going to Liam Bromiley, who rides for the road.cc-sponsored University of Bath Cycling Club.
The podium at the Mid Devon Cycling Club’s Primavera race today was completed by another University of Bath, Frazier Carr, reports the Torquay Herald Express.
Tiernan-Locke’s two year ban as a result of a biological passport violation expired on 31 December and today was his first race back, riding in the colours of the Saint Piran team he has set up.
"I wasn't expecting too much going into the race, I know my form is currently quite good with a few decent results already this season, but would've been happy just to get in the points in what looked like a fairly strong startlist", Liam told us after the race. "I tried early on with some probing moves and a couple of short lived breakaways, deciding to then sit in the bunch for a lap or so before going again with a group of three others where we held the bunch off for probably ten kilometres.
"When it was clear we were going to get caught by the bunch the others sat up, but with the final prime just up the road I kicked again and increased my lead. I wasn't really thinking I'd be able to hold them off for the remaining 30k, I just thought I'd have a go with nothing to lose. The final 10k was hard into a headwind, though the fact it was predominantly downhill helped me finish the job.
"I'm hoping to maintain my current run of form, entering some more National B races and time trials, with the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) time trials just round the corner in April I'm currently looking for a TT bike to help me achieve a decent result. Primarily I aim to complete my Masters degree before a summer of committing to more training and racing, hopefully this season I can pick up some more strong results."
Former Team Sky rider Tiernan-:Locke who joined that team after winning the 2012 Tour of Britain – a victory he was subsequently stripped of – praised Bromiley’s efforts following a fine solo win in the 85-kilometre race.
"The winner did a great ride, so well done to him," he told the Torquay Herald Express.
"The race was so fast, and one of my team mates punctured at an important time, which made chasing harder.
"We did pull the break back, but the leader was still out there on his own and, on those roads, out of sight.
"After having a wisdom tooth out, I haven't had my best month's training recently, but I'm not unhappy.
"I'm feeling better all the time, and I'm looking forward to more racing," added Tiernan-Locke, who will ride the Severn Bridge Road Race next weekend.
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.