FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been notified by the UCI of a potential discrepancy in his biological passport data and withdrawn from Britain's team at the world championships.
Sky, Tiernan-Locke's trade team, says that he will not race while "his response to the UCI is prepared then considered by the UCI." Sky adds, "We have no doubts over his performance, behaviour or tests at Team Sky and understand any anomaly is in readings taken before he joined the team."
Tiernan-Locke won last year's Tour of Britain. On Thursday, Tiernan-Locke tweeted, "Was sorry I had to withdraw from the worlds line up, just don't have the form to help the lads there. Good luck to team GB though!"
The investigation was first reported by The Sunday Times of London.