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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 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.

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2old2mould | 5 years ago
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...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...

 

I suspect for most riders at Team Sky it's not the drinking to celebrate the signing that cause the irregularities in their biological passport, but the simple act of signing for Team Sky.

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don simon fbpe | 5 years ago
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Sounds like the guy needs a bit of help and understanding
Not going to get that here, is he? We're all real men.

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fenix replied to don simon fbpe | 5 years ago
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don simon wrote:

Sounds like the guy needs a bit of help and understanding Not going to get that here, is he? We're all real men.

 

How do you know peoples genders over the internet ?

 

And bless - ok so he nearly killed three kids but bless his lil socks.  He's troubled.

 

 

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don simon fbpe replied to fenix | 5 years ago
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fenix wrote:
don simon wrote:

Sounds like the guy needs a bit of help and understanding Not going to get that here, is he? We're all real men.

 

How do you know peoples genders over the internet ?

 

And bless - ok so he nearly killed three kids but bless his lil socks.  He's troubled.

 

 

You're absolutely correct, and I apologise. I should have been more aware of the gender question. The assumption that females have more empathy than males is a true misconception in these modern times of blurred lines, I don't mean Robin Thicke blurred lines as that might upset you more, I mean that we, as people, are more equal than ever and should be treated as such. We should demonstrate the same level of understanding and empathy for others in the way we expect of ourselves.

I think that should deflect enough from the fact that you have fuck all understanding of mental health issues and certainly no empathy.

I suggest that if the guy has such a drinking problem, then  there are underlying reasons for this that you appear incapable of understanding.

 

May karma bite you on the balls!

 

Have a great weekend!!!  enlightened  enlightened enlightened

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fenix | 5 years ago
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Why not ? Certainly adds a lot more to the story.

Pissed up and driving a tank of a car into a car carrying children. 

What a w&nker. 

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davel replied to fenix | 5 years ago
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fenix wrote:

Why not ? Certainly adds a lot more to the story.

Pissed up and driving a tank of a car into a car carrying children. 

What a w&nker. 

Apologies for spilling over from other threads, Blazing Saddles-style, but I don't get your rationale. You call out this blatantly antisocial behaviour. OK.

But for me, it isn't binary, whereby you're either driving pissed into kids or cyclists, or you're not. It's a sliding scale, where the antisocial behaviour is ratcheted up gradually, and that includes all sorts of being a twat on the road.

I know that cyclists can be twats on the road. But that has such little actual impact (that we can measure and debate) as to be negligible, and the KSI risk that comes with being a twat on the road, as a cyclist, is pretty much all on the cyclist.

(@madcarew - we don't have stats for the mental and emotional impacts that squashed cyclists might cause, hence me focusing on KSI stats, which we do have - roughly. I'm sure there is third-party trauma from getting yourself squashed, as you said on another thread, but how much is anyone's guess; you think it's 100, I think it's 1 - it's a pointless debate. What we measure, in KSI stats, says that drivers cause virtually ALL the problems.) 

Ill-conceived comments like Hoy's and products like those gloves help to create the impression that ALL road users are responsible for that antisocial behaviour, and its impacts. That's just bullshit.

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Jimmy Ray Will | 5 years ago
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"Will someone please think of the children?"

I thought the real take away from this thread was to basically stop giving the chap any publicity. Why bring this up again now out of itnerest? 

As an aside, he has totally gone off grid down here, no one has mentioned his name in months. 

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vonhelmet | 5 years ago
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Why the necropost?

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Justin8388 | 5 years ago
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I really wish they would get their reporting correct.
He wasn't stopped by police he crashed into the back of a stationary car at a junction that had 3 children in it.
He left the scene of the crash only to try and walk back past 15 mins later only to be grabbed by a witness and held until police arrived.
He then tried to get out of a breath test.
The police got his bloods at the hospital.

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davel | 6 years ago
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With you there...

It's one of those scenarios where a boot up the arse and a hug are probably needed.

Undoubtedly needs help, and hopefully has that from his network of friends and family, people who actually know and care for him.

But society needs drink-driving and other ills to be treated with the judgement and scorn as it is being done here. It doesn't look pretty in comments, but I'd never want to see a story like this full of 'get better, mate' posts from strangers. It needs to remain a surefire way of seeing someone treated as a pariah by people who don't know you.

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madcarew | 6 years ago
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+1 on the not reporting any more on J T-L. Not because he's a scumbag, not because he's a dickhead, but because  he's another human being whose life is clearly falling apart. From one who has been through some of that, it was hell enough. I can not imagine that having it reported in national media serves any purpose that is helpful to anyone involved. For that reason alone, reporting should stop. The by product may be that it helps ameliorate some of the damage being done.

And for those of you with the tar and feathers ready... There but for the grace of God....

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davel replied to madcarew | 6 years ago
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madcarew wrote:

And for those of you with the tar and feathers ready... There but for the grace of God....

A fictional sky fairy isn't going to help him.

More like 'there but for the sake of keeping your shit together'. Plenty do, without regularly getting in their 2-ton death machine while off their box.

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madcarew replied to davel | 6 years ago
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davel wrote:
madcarew wrote:

And for those of you with the tar and feathers ready... There but for the grace of God....

A fictional sky fairy isn't going to help him. More like 'there but for the sake of keeping your shit together'. Plenty do, without regularly getting in their 2-ton death machine while off their box.

 

Fictional sky fairies weren't invoked or implied, being a good pastafarian myself. Just a well known figure of speech. Perhaps more properly

"There, but for the good grace of my genetic and social advantages, go I.

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Sub4 | 6 years ago
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Alcoholism, possibly a grain of sympathy there. Driving whilst intoxicated? Hell no. 

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madeupname | 6 years ago
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If going out on the pi$$ caused his bio passport irregularities in the first place, maybe he was just driving back from 'training'....

It can't be easy in all those 234 races once your haematocrit drops to average.

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Jackson | 6 years ago
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I would just like it to be known that I have a Ferrari, actually two, and would drive neither of them drunk.

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Valbrona | 6 years ago
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Ford Ranger = knobhead vehicle par excellence.

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davel replied to Valbrona | 6 years ago
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Valbrona wrote:

Ford Ranger = knobhead vehicle par excellence.

Oh get back in your box, you pointless troll.

I got mine to compensate for my tiny penis.

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rliu | 6 years ago
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Yeah I said the cycling world should stop reporting on him as he has no discernible links to pro cycling any more. Not that the whole world should abandon him as some are inferring.
It's equally a jump to infer he is an alcoholic because he's been caught drink driving twice. It's logical to discuss someone like Paul Gascoigne's alcoholism issues because he has spoken about it openly and has been pictured looking ill. As far as the public information about Tiernan Locke goes it's more logical to conclude he just likes to get p***ed and chance it driving home. Until something else emerges I don't see why I'd conclude otherwise.

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1961BikiE | 6 years ago
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As said I don't see the point of reporting on JTL.

He is obviously a person with some serious problems. I hope that he can get himself sorted out, preferably as soon as possible before something truly horrible happens to him.

A sad tale IMHO.

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Jimmy Ray Will | 6 years ago
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Man, you really are a bunch of key board warriors aren't you?

Here is another view... this is a man failing... falling apart. His world, reputation torn from him in what, in his eyes at the very least, was an unjust suspension. Whatever you may think about him being a pantomime villian who doesn't give a shit, I see a man  with deep mental health problems failing to cope and simply failing.

Lets play this out... should he ultimately take his own life, do you warriors celebrate the death of scum at the end of your virtual pitch forks, or maybe question just how much importance you, me all of us place on riding pissing bikes? 

 

 

 

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davel replied to Jimmy Ray Will | 6 years ago
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Jimmy Ray Will wrote:

Man, you really are a bunch of key board warriors aren't you?

Here is another view... this is a man failing... falling apart. His world, reputation torn from him in what, in his eyes at the very least, was an unjust suspension. Whatever you may think about him being a pantomime villian who doesn't give a shit, I see a man  with deep mental health problems failing to cope and simply failing.

Lets play this out... should he ultimately take his own life, do you warriors celebrate the death of scum at the end of your virtual pitch forks, or maybe question just how much importance you, me all of us place on riding pissing bikes? 

Judging those being judgemental. Alanis is on the phone, she wants... well, you know.

Of course it's a lot more complicated than anyone will nail on here. But if all Joe Public knows about you is that you rode bikes for a living, got caught with a dodgy biological passport and tried to blame it on a large night out and whinged about it, and then got caught drink-driving, then some of those Joe Publics a going to think you're a twat who's lying about doping, or a twat who's pissed away a promising cycling career, or both.

That isn't  a failing of those Joe Publics - that's just How Fame Works.

Also, no-one was behaving like a keyboard warrior - nobody's been anywhere near as hysterical as you seem to have interpreted, and nobody's threatening to give him a shoeing.

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mikecassie replied to Jimmy Ray Will | 6 years ago
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Jimmy Ray Will wrote:

Man, you really are a bunch of key board warriors aren't you?

Here is another view... this is a man failing... falling apart. His world, reputation torn from him in what, in his eyes at the very least, was an unjust suspension. Whatever you may think about him being a pantomime villian who doesn't give a shit, I see a man  with deep mental health problems failing to cope and simply failing.

Lets play this out... should he ultimately take his own life, do you warriors celebrate the death of scum at the end of your virtual pitch forks, or maybe question just how much importance you, me all of us place on riding pissing bikes? 

 

 

 

If he takes his own life lets hope he does it before he kills someone else whilst drink driving!  Maybe he does have mental problems and he can get help for that, although it won't be an instant fix.  A shame for a talented rider but he has to resign himself to a normal life now, he's not a superstar and I'd sooner he never made headlines again.  That way he'd have his life back on track too with any luck.

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oceandweller | 6 years ago
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Hmmm. Looks like he has an alcohol problem. Occam's Razor suggests maybe he was telling the truth all along about the all-night bender. Maybe the fall-off in his performance after he joined Sky wasn't caused by no longer being able to take performance enhancing drugs but by taking rather too much of a performance inhibiting drug, alcohol (voice of experience there, boys & girls...), possibly in response to the stress of suddenly finding himself in the big time. Wouldn't be the first time **that's** happened.

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davel | 6 years ago
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This is not a good look.

Drink-driving, bad. Twice in a short time makes it look serial: very bad.

There's something that sits even worse about a cyclist being done for such a dangerous driving act, and it being in a truck. I've got a Ranger and, while you can do serious damage in any motorised vehicle, it's much more of a 'weapon' than a car. 2 tons + booze = potential carnage.

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atlaz | 6 years ago
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Can we (well, I'm looking at you road.cc) now put him in a box marked "dickhead", put that box in a drawer, lock it and lose the key? I don't see any reason to mention him again. Ever.  

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The _Kaner replied to atlaz | 6 years ago
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atlaz wrote:

Can we (well, I'm looking at you road.cc) now put him in a box marked "dickhead", put that box in a drawer, lock it and lose the key? I don't see any reason to mention him again. Ever.  

 

room 101...

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FatBoyW | 6 years ago
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Whilst I, as I am sure most of British society, abhor drink driving this story has a tenous link to cycling at best.  Ex-cyclist who also got a dope conviction is done for a (bad) driving offence.

 

As for anyone in this situation he needs to get his life back in order and back on track. I hope he can never nice to see another human being falling.

As for the cycling world ditching him, obviooulsy we haven't as we have this article so your statement asmallsol, is an oxymoron, just saying.

 

I do hope JTL repents and reforms

 

 

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asmallsol | 6 years ago
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Ha, so in the US, we call it "Drunk-driving". When I read the title, I thought it was saying  he drank some energy drink with traces of PEDs which caused him to get a ban from cycling. 

With so many deaths of cyclists caused by drunk drivers, it's fitting the cycling world ditches him. 

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jollygoodvelo | 6 years ago
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I wonder whose fault he will say this is.  Increasingly clear that he doesn't think everyone else's rules apply to him... suggests an underlying psychological issue, which I hope he gets help with.

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