Roman Kreuziger’s lawyer claims that the Tinkoff-Saxo rider’s failed blood sample was caused by blood not being stored correctly.
The ongoing case against the Czech rider dates back to an anomaly in his biological passport between 2011 and 2012 when he rode for Astana, who are under extreme scrutiny at this current moment in time.
Kreuziger’s case is another in the unbelievably long line of doping within cycling, the Czech authorities cleared their rider of all wrongdoing last month.
This meant that Kreuziger was able compete for Tinkoff-Saxo at the Milan-Turin and Il Lombardia season ending races.
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However, the cycling’s governing body (UCI) and World Anti Doing Agency (WADA) have appealed this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). This isn't the first time the UCI has taken a doping case to CAS and they have never lost an appeal when relating to the biological passport.
"The biological passport is a wonderful tool."
Kreuziger finished fifth in the 2013 Tour de France despite being used as a super domestic for Alberto Contador who just one place higher in fourth.
He was expected to ride this year's Tour de France as a key lieutenant to Contador’s attack on the yellow jersey and he could have potentially ended up leading Tinkoff-Saxo as Contador abandoned during stage 10 with a broken leg.
However, he wasn't even able to start the race and being pulled from this years team prior to the Grand Depart after blood anomalies were made public.
UCI president Brian Cookson told reporters about how he fully supported the biological passport.
He told reporters: "The biological passport is a wonderful tool. The only ones that seem to challenge it are the ones that fall foul of it."
This is backed up with a statement put out by recently banned British rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke when asked about the testing he claims he has “no respect for the sanction" and "no faith in the governing body”.
The timing of the anomalies found in Kreuziger’s biological passport when riding for Astana, increases the doubt that is placed on the Kazakh team, which has had two high profile riders fail drugs tests this season as well as one of its riders in its feeder team system fall foul of the drugs testers.
Whether this recent potential doping case could be held against Astana is unlikely as the rider has now left the team, but it will no doubt increase the reputation that Astana has gained since establishing themselves within cycling’s world tour.
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