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Roman Kreuziger provisionally suspended

By:
Daniel Benson
Published:
August 02, 2014, 16:22 BST,
Updated:
August 02, 2014, 19:03 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, August 3, 2014
Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo)

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UCI feel results could be affected

Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff Saxo) has been provisionally suspended by the UCI Anti-doping Commission. The rider was notified today with his team set to issue a press release confirming the news. Kreuziger was set to ride the Tour of Poland which starts on Sunday. Kreuziger's provisional suspension does not relate directly to the findings of his passport case but to any possible race results he may pick up while his current case goes on.

“Roman received a letter from the anti-doping commission this afternoon. They believe that there’s a likelihood that results will be affected if he races and that as a result he should be suspended. He’s provisionally suspended until the case has been decided,” Tinkoff-Saxo general manager Stefano Feltrin told Cyclingnews.

Kreuziger was sidelined on the eve of the Tour de France after he announced that anti-doping authorities had opened a biological passport case against him.

Kreuziger was first contacted by the UCI on the eve of the 2013 Tour de France. The anti-doping authorities had raised concerns over fluctuations in the rider's biological passport between March 2011 and August 2011, and between April 2012 through the end of the 2012 Giro d'Italia.

At the time, Kreuziger rode for Astana but made the switch to Tinkoff-Saxo at the start of the 2013 season. He was due to start this year's Tour de France but with the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CAFD) opening a formal case against him, the team were obliged to pull the rider; however they have not formally suspended him.

“As a team we will comply with the decision but it’s very bad timing the day before the start of a WorldTour race,” Feltrin told Cyclingnews.
“This is affecting the team. It’s a very bold and aggressive decision from the anti-doping commissions who believe in a verdict before a trial. They’re treating him like this is an A sample positive.”

The UCI confirmed the news with the following statement posted on their website:

"The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has imposed a provisional suspension with immediate effect on Tinkoff-Saxo’s rider Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic) in connection with the recent assertion of an anti-doping rule violation based on his athlete biological passport. The decision was taken following confirmation received on August 1st, 2014 that Roman Kreuziger intended to participate in the upcoming Tour of Poland and Vuelta a España. At this stage of the procedure, the UCI will not comment any further."

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