Roman Kreuziger cleared of doping charges

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Roman Kreuziger has been cleared of doping charges and will be allowed to return to racing.

Kreuziger has been suspended since the 2nd of August after anomalous data was found in his biological passport.

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What is a biological passport?

The biological passport system tracks a cyclists blood and urine samples over a certain period of time and any abnormal readings could mean the use of a banned substance.

Decision overturned

UCI believed the Tinkoff-Saxo rider had been doping during the 2011 and 2012 seasons whilst riding with his old team, Astana.

However the Czech Olympic Committee have found sufficient evidence to overturn the UCI's suspension meaning Kreuziger can now start racing again. Whether he will return this season is yet to be seen because the season is almost over but he will definitely be back next year.

It has taken a while for the Czech rider to see his name cleared after his initial appeal against the suspension was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Tinkoff-Saxo CEO, Stefano Feltrin believes the case needs to be sorted out as soon as possible but is pleased for the outcome so far for Kreuziger.


According to Cycling Weekly, Feltrin said: “It is now of great importance that the UCI make its next decisions and take any eventual actions on this matter swiftly.

“It is of paramount importance – in the interest of all involved parties in particular and cycling in general – that the whole procedure be brought to a final and definitive conclusion in the shortest time possible.

"Tinkoff-Saxo congratulates Roman and his defence team on this well-deserved result.”

Not over yet

The case isn't quite over yet with the UCI having 30 days to lodge an appeal against the Czech Olympic Committee's decision.

A short statement from the UCI read: "At this stage, with the relevant appeal windows opened, the UCI will not make any further comment on the case.”

Kreuziger has missed quite a few races due to his suspension, including the Vuelta a Espana but he did manage to finish thrid overall in the Tirreno-Adriatico, a race which was won by his teammate Alberto Contador.

During the period of time in question the Czech rider picked up a stage win in the 2012 Giro d'Italia and won the young riders classification in the same race the year before, finishing fifth in the overall standings.

Kreuziger will only make Tinkoff-Saxo stronger when he returns and they will be hard to beat in the Grand Tours next year.

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