British cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke wanted to go through extra testing to counter rumours of performance-enhancing drug use right after wins in 2012, his former team has said.

It
emerged on Sunday that the Team Atmosphere rider has been notified of a possible discrepancy in his biological passport.

He or she raced for Endura prior to becoming a member of Sky in October 2012.

Endura defended their anti-doping policy, a single they stressed Tiernan-Locke has been completely compliant with.


They said in the statement : “Endura Racing’s lifestyle has always been entirely at odds along with cheating in any form including the utilization of PEDs [Performance Enhancing Drugs] plus nothing in Jonathan Tiernan-Locke’s perform during his 2012 season using the team gave rise to concerns that his approach was in odds with this in any way. “

Tiernan-Locke enjoyed the best year of their career in 2012, winning the Tour Mediterraneen and Tour du Haut Var early in the season, just before becoming the first British
champion of the Tour of Britain in 19 years last September.

But
a report in France raised doubts over their performances early in the season, compelling Endura and Tiernan-Locke to make a ask for to the International Cycling Union for that Devon rider to be put on a biological passport.

As a UCI Continental-level team, Endura were not part of the UCI’s biological passport scheme.

“Endura, using the full support of Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, made a request to the UCI to be allowed to pay to have him put on a biological passport to be able to counter the rumours of overall performance enhancing drugs that circulated right after his wins in Tour Mediterraneen and Tour du Haut Var in 2012, ” the team added.

“However this request was refused by the UCI. “

Endura furthermore said that Tiernan-Locke was made available to each Team Garmin-Sharp and Team Atmosphere in April and May last year – two teams who had shown interest in him – for physiological testing and no adverse results were documented.

They also added that irregularities in biological passport data can be brought on by tiredness and ill health.

“At this early stage, without comprehensive information, it would be inappropriate to speculate at the reasons for inconsistencies in Jonathan Tiernan-Locke’s biological passport data, ” Endura said.

“It is known that there are several possible legitimate causes including fatigue and ill-health, both of which we all understand he has suffered from in the last 12 months. “