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Jonathan Tiernan-Locke granted extension by UCI

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Cycling News
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October 14, 2013, 22:06,
Updated:
October 15, 2013, 00:31
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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Sky Procycling)

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Sky Procycling)

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More time allowed to explain irregular blood values

British newspaper, The Telegraph, are reporting that Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Sky) has been granted an extension by the UCI in his bid to explain irregular blood values in the case brought against him.

News of the case against Tiernan-Locke broke on September 29 after a story by David Walsh in the Sunday Times went to press, but it is believed that Tiernan-Locke's withdrawal from the British team to race the road race at the World Championships in Florence is much closer to the actual date that the Briton learned of the case against him.

With his withdrawal coming on September 26, that makes Tuesday October 20 the last day in the standard 20-day deadline for Tiernan-Locke to provide his explanation, it is possible however, that the true deadline has already passed. Tiernan-Locke's manager, Andrew McQuaid, had previously stated that he was "extremely confident [that] once we present our answers the matter will be closed," and with the extension reportedly granted, Tiernan-Locke now has more time to put his case together.

Team Sky quickly sought to distance themselves from the saga once the confidential process was made public, insinuating that during the late 2012 period for which Tiernan-Locke is being questioned, he was answerable to his former Endura team only.

Given Team Sky's strict zero tolerance stance on doping, the apparent abrogation of responsibility in the Tiernan-Locke case is not unexpected. It has been drawn into question, nonetheless, after Tiernan-Locke's former manager at Endura, Brian Smith, contacted Cyclingnews stating he believed Team Sky were satisfied with Tiernan-Locke's physiological values from last season.

After interest in Tiernan-Locke arose in 2012, he underwent testing with Garmin and no adverse results were reported. Tiernan-Locke later ended up doing further testing and training with Team Sky, during the period in question, and Smith was adamant that no red flags arose.

"They've seen all the data. As far as I'm concerned Jonathan is the real deal. Sky, Garmin and Endura all thought there were no irregularities with Jonathan," explained Smith.

Both Smith and Endura also claim that they contacted the UCI in attempt to set up a biological passport for Tiernan-Locke in 2012.

"I contacted the UCI at that time to see if they would put John onto a passport scheme. That came back as a resounding no."

boombastic More than 1 year ago
"Team Sky quickly sought to distance themselves from the saga once the confidential process was made public" maybe i shall make some words more visible by using capitals. "ONCE THE CONFIDENTIAL PROCESS WAS MADE PUBLIC" enough said about sky and its approach to the zero tolerance blabbering
Wattie More than 1 year ago
Im not sure what you are driving at. It begs the question why or how was a "confidential process made public". It serves nobody well that such a process should be made public before it has concluded. If the UCI perceives anomalies and demands explanations it is unfair to publish the fact before the explanation can be given, because it inevitably leads people to prejudge the rider in question. Obviously if the explanations are subsequently deemed inadequate then the whole thing should be published. But if the explanations are deemed valid no harm is done to the rider in question. Whereas, regardless of the outcome JTT will be considered suspicious because the investigation has been leaked before its conclusion.
boombastic More than 1 year ago
i address change the attitude of team sky to the issue before and after it went public. it is incoherent to the great extent.
Wattie More than 1 year ago
How can we know what attitude they took before it went public, since by definition their position on it wasn't public? Seems a somewhat logically incoherent statement.
boombastic More than 1 year ago
"Team Sky quickly sought to distance themselves from the saga insinuating [...[ he was answerable to his former Endura team only. [...] Brian Smith, contacted Cyclingnews stating he believed Team Sky [...] seen all the data. ." they had no problems with the numbers before it went public, right? after it went public they told that they know nothing about it.
cantpedal More than 1 year ago
Boombastic clearly has no understanding of the situation.
boombastic More than 1 year ago
cantpedal- explaining it to me then, please.
cantpedal More than 1 year ago
Sorry not qualified as a special Ed teacher
boombastic More than 1 year ago
i see that you have cant do attitude: cant pedal, cant explain cant think. begone
Mark Hornsby More than 1 year ago
Speaking of incoherent ......
antmills More than 1 year ago
Exactly right! .... Some posters' attempts to find problems at Sky are rather desperate and based simply on unfounded/unwarranted jealousy of a well organised, clear and open team that works hard and has enough cash to do the job properly without resorting to doping. .....unlike a lot of the "traditional" teams pre-Sky.
boombastic More than 1 year ago
what doping? how did you get that idea that i'm accusing sky about doping??? it is hard to accuse sky about using doping by talking about locke's strange numbers before he joined sky, doesn't it?
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
yawn... Sorry, I meant YAWN.
hfer07 More than 1 year ago
no worries at all- If JTL/Sky are yet to get an additional extension to "suffice" their response to the UCI-they will drag the case further into the off season when nobody is going to ask the hard questions, just to can get him off the case due to some ridiculous excuse, so can either resume with Sky or elsewhere.....
ianfra More than 1 year ago
This is a confidential process. Any of you posting accusations, insinuations or otherwise about Sky and their 'response' are way off the mark and seeking conspiracies when there are none. Peeps like boombastic above have posted enough libels over the past year so we know what you are up to.You are looking for something that is simply not there and you have no understanding or knowledge whatsoever.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
If you look at the dates this broke and consider that there was an election going on at the time with Fat Pat trying all tricks to keep his job i would wager that Pat (or one of his backers) was the one to leak the story about JTL in a desparate attempt to thro mud on Sky and therefore Cookson.
Sam Hocking More than 1 year ago
JTL's agent is Pat's own Son. I doubt he stooped that low to bring his own son into all this?
bike_boy More than 1 year ago
Its about time teams, riders, the UCI and cyclingnews took legal action against some of the retarded posters here.
Pignone Fisso More than 1 year ago
Legal action?!?! For something posted on this lowly comment thread? Where do you live in, North Korea?
biker jk More than 1 year ago
Clearly a misunderstanding old chap. I can clear this all up in a heartbeat old chap. Well perhaps I will need some more time to get my story right old chap.
Wattie More than 1 year ago
I am very impressed that you know the details of what is going on in a confidential process. Now i don't need to wait for the outcome. Thanks for keeping us all informed.
Satandog More than 1 year ago
Hmm. Another poorly written article shelled out by a hormonal teenager. Nice use of "insinuating" and "abrogation", good scrabble words but neither factually correct. Come to think of it, this is even more poor than I thought, this article just skates over highlights from the Telegraph, a hot link would have sufficed.
scandalxk More than 1 year ago
Absolutely agree, Satandog. "Abrogate" means "cancel or revoke", and "insinuate" means "suggest by indirect allusion, hints or innuendo". Well, Sky said that the testing results in question relate to the time before JTL joined Sky, which is a statement of simple fact, not an insinuation. And since Sky cannot have had any responsibility for JTL's behaviour before they managed him, then they have no responsibility to abrogate. This is very poor journalism which contains its own nasty insinuations.
Norman Gillan More than 1 year ago
other than it is rumoured that JTL was training with Sky from mid season and that he was, in effect, a stagiere in the late season....so in effect SKY would (or should if their PR is to be believed) have been all over him....
cantpedal More than 1 year ago
you assume they had access to a large enough sample of his previous blood values and a big enough sample of there own data to compare it to, Neither of which appears to be the case. I don't presume to say he's clean or dirty. None of us know
MartinGT More than 1 year ago
So Cookson gets in and already dishing out special treatment to Brailsfraud and his band of merry men. Shambles.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Martin, about time mate that you give up following cycling and start playing lawn bowls. Cookson's the real deal and will clean up the UCI. Fat Pat leaked this in an attempt to hang on to power. Its a nothing story and once JTL has his hospital records the UCI will then drop the case and go do something positive. Typical old Fat Pat politics, don't deal with the real stuff that needs sorting out when you can make up something to deflect what he wasn't doing.
cantpedal More than 1 year ago
moronic
adanpinto More than 1 year ago
If he had been Spanish, would he had been treated the same way?.
MartinGT More than 1 year ago
No! The English on here too would have hanged him immediately.
mattghg More than 1 year ago
Would the story have been leaked in the first place?
Mark Hornsby More than 1 year ago
If he'd been Spanish he would have blamed the beef by now.
adanpinto More than 1 year ago
You are right, British blaming is more elaborated, an extrange diseasse is a better excuse.
Mark Hornsby More than 1 year ago
Nothing strange about the Epstein–Barr virus .. but as to your question about if he had been a Spanish rider: it is a matter of public record that Alberto Contador was granted multiple extensions, by both the UCI and CAS, to explain his positive for clenbuterol, but the laughable 'tainted beef' excuse was still the best he could come up with.
adanpinto More than 1 year ago
Bilharzia is very common, right? Epstein-Barr virus is a very common virus in humans so they should be able to explain easily the stange blood values.... Have you read the CAS final sentence regarding Contador's case? They claim is not a case of doping and they suggest the ridiculous amount of clembuterol came from a contaminated supplement...If you find fair that after saying that they stripped him of one tour and one giro and suspended him for another extra year...you should read it, is as laughable as the tainted beef theory.
Mark Hornsby More than 1 year ago
Froome is from Kenya. 6 million people in Kenya (almost 15% of Kenyans) are infected with Schistosomiasis (bilharzia), so yes, I would say that is very common in that part of the world .. so common that it qualifies as an epidemic (both there and in 73 other countries around the world). You capacity for revisionism is quite staggering is you think the CAS judgement in the Contador case states that it is not a case of doping. Perhaps you should actually read that judgement .. all 98 pages of it.
Mark Hornsby More than 1 year ago
Not that I am sure what that has to with this. You asked what would happen if he was Spanish. FACT: Contador is Spanish and was granted numerous extensions.
adanpinto More than 1 year ago
You should read before talking: XIV. Conclusion 512. a) the Athlete's positive test for clenbuterol is more likely to have been caused by the ingestion of a contaminated food supplement than by a blood transfusion or the ingestion of contaminated meat; I think my capacity for revisionism is far better than yours. And yes, you are right, this has nothing to do with the case of this guy. You were the one who started with the tainted meat...and about the extensions in Contador's case, the were not extensions, first the case was filtered when they were only analyzing it, then he had time to prove his theory, Spanish federation cleared him, UCI rejected this decission and then they finished at CAS... Wiggins and Froome were working with Geert Leinders (famous for helping Rassmusen to win the Tour) and nothing happened. Well, Wiggins was not able to find the way to defend his title claiming he doesn't want to do the sacrifice anymore, he wants to spend his time with his children...
Mark Hornsby More than 1 year ago
Thanks, you have just proved my point, that contrary to your utterly bizarre and demonstrably untrue claim that the CAS ruled Contador's clenbuterol was "not a case of doping" .. so once again I can do no more than stand back in admiration of your capacity for revisionism. Not only did they not state anything of the kind in the quote you supplied from the conclusions on page 98, but they didn't even hear the evidence in support of Ashenden's far more plausible blood transfusion theory. As for you claim that Geert Leinders is "famous for helping Rassmusen to win the Tour": yet another example of your spectacular capacity for revisionism. Michael Rasmussen never won the Tour .. in fact he didn't even compete beyond stage 16 in the year he came closest to winning it.
Mark Hornsby More than 1 year ago
And as for your claim that there were no extensions in the Contador case, that is just hilarious and contradicted by not only what is on public record, but also by the CAS judgement you have just quoted from and claim to have read (in fact, the CAS themselves gave Contador an extension) :)
Mark Hornsby More than 1 year ago
"I think my capacity for revisionism is far better than yours" Yes, I think that was precisely my point .. although clearly not what you actually meant when you wrote that :)
adanpinto More than 1 year ago
You're entitled to your opinion :-)
Mark Hornsby More than 1 year ago
Unlike yours, my opinions are however supported by FACTS :)
adanpinto More than 1 year ago
Jazeker
__colm__ More than 1 year ago
Brian Smith in 2012... "I contacted the UCI at that time to see if they would put John onto a passport scheme. That came back as a resounding no." Brilliant. Try to set up a rider in bio passport because he shows a bit of talent. "Sorry. UCI Computer says No"... Personally I reckon he's clean.. just gut feeling.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Agree, nothing to suggest he's not looking at results over time.