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New drink-driving ban for Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

Ex-Team Sky pro who was banned for doping has second drink-driving ban imposed in less than two years

Ex-Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been banned from driving for the second time in less than two years.

Magistrates in Bodmin banned the 32-year-old from driving for 41 months and fined him £315, reports Devon Live.

The Plymouth-born former professional cyclist pleaded guilty to being twice the drink-drive limit when police stopped him in his Ford Ranger at St Ann’s Chapel in Cornwall last November.

Tiernan-Locke’s previous ban from driving came in July 2015, when he was banned for 17 months, subsequently reduced by a quarter after he attended a drink drive rehabilitation course.

> Tiernan-Locke handed ban for drink-driving

At the time, he was serving a two-year anti-doping ban for irregularities in his biological passport, which he claimed were caused by a drinking binge to celebrate his signing for Team Sky.

Tiernan-Locke, who was also stripped of his 2012 Tour of Britain win, returned to racing last year after his drugs ban expired.

However, he was only given a Category 2 licence by British Cycling and has now retired from the sport.

> Tiernan-Locke won’t be returning to pro cycling

Simon joined 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.

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