Saturday 23 September 2017

In brief: Team Sky rider denies doping

Cycling & Tennis

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has vehemently denied any wrongdoing after the International Cycling Union opened disciplinary proceedings over alleged doping by the British Team Sky rider.

Discrepancies in the 28-year-old's biological passport data demonstrated an anti-doping violation, according to cycling's world governing body, and he will not take part in any duties with Team Sky until a decision is made in the disciplinary process.

Tiernan-Locke, the 2012 Tour of Britain winner, maintains his innocence, but will have to wait for a resolution as there is no clear timescale in place.

British Cycling confirmed it had received the UCI's request and that "those proceedings will be managed independently of British Cycling by UK Anti-Doping".

Team Sky, which has a zero-tolerance policy to doping, yesterday reiterated its stance from September, insisting the period in question occurred prior to his employment with them.

Tennis

There was good news for Ireland's James McGee yesterday when he was told he had made the pre-qualifying tournament for the Australian Open.

The Dubliner confirmed via his Twitter account that he had made the cut to play the qualifying event next month, which means he will not be available for Ireland's Davis Cup clash against Belarus in Minsk.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray is looking forward to making his return to competitive action following surgery at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship next week.

The reigning Wimbledon and Olympic champion has not played since undergoing an operation in September on a back problem which has troubled him for around 18 months.

Murray's proposed bid to return last month was delayed when the Dream Cup exhibition event in Barbados was cancelled, but the world No 4 is now ready to test his fitness in Abu Dhabi, where he will first face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on St Stephen's Day.

Irish Independent

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