Velonews: Kreuziger Blasts Delays In His Doping Case


Jan 3, 2005
<figure ><img title="Roman Kreuziger" src=""/><p>Roman Kreuziger is still awaiting a hearing regarding his biological passport case. Photo: Tim De Waele | <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p></figure><p>PRAGUE, (AFP) — Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger, accused of doping over abnormalities in his biological passport, has slammed anti-doping bodies over delays in his case that has hampered his career.</p>
<p>“I never cease to be amazed. Another delay,” the 28-year-old Tinkoff-Saxo rider wrote on Twitter, blaming the Court of Arbitration for Sport alongside the international cycling association UCI and the WADA anti-doping watchdog.</p>
<p>The CAS has proposed June 10 “for the hearing and (the) verdict a month later. UCI/WADA rejected 2 proposed dates!” Kreuziger said.</p>
<p>Originally, the hearing was scheduled for the turn of March and April.</p>
<p>“Feel like Alice in Wonderland. I would choose April no question,” said Kreuziger, who underwent a lie detector test in January in a bid to clear his name.</p>
<p>The International Cycling Union (UCI) sanctioned the Czech rider for anomalies in his biological passport during two distinct periods — from March to August 2011 and April 2012 to the end of the 2012 Giro d’Italia — when he was riding for the Astana team.</p>
<p>Kreuziger finished fifth in both the 2011 Giro and 2013 Tour de France, and won the Amstel Gold Race in 2013.</p>
<p>After being dropped from the 2014 Tour de France, Kreuziger resumed racing when the Czech Olympic Committee had cleared him of the charges last September.</p>
<p>But the CAS reopened the case a month later when the UCI had appealed the Czech committee’s decision.</p>
<p>“I’m not delaying things. These are tests from 2011. Four years and no urgency,” Kreuziger said on Twitter.</p>
<p>Earlier this month he finished 10th in the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race before finishing 29th in Milano-Sanremo Sunday.</p>
<p>The UCI wants Kreuziger banned for between two and four years and all his results since March 2011 erased, along with a fine of 770,000 euros ($957,000).</p>
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