Kreuziger: ICU broke its own rules over my suspension
Roman Kreuziger has claimed the International Cycling Union broke its own rules by provisionally suspending him based on biological passport irregularities dating back to 2012.
Kreuziger was omitted from Tinkoff-Saxo's Tour de France squad and, his team say, was not suspended, by them or the UCI, until he was selected for this month's Tour of Poland.
On Monday, Tinkoff-Saxo published an open letter to Brian Cookson, criticising comments the UCI president has made on the matter, and now Kreuziger and his legal team have issued a statement of their own suggesting the ban is contrary to the UCI's own regulations.
"Mr. Kreuziger and his legal counsel strongly oppose the UCI decision, which has no basis in the UCI legislation, allowing imposition of a provisional suspension only in cases of a positive A sample, which is not Mr. Kreuziger's case," the statement said.
"Other preliminary measures can only be imposed when there exists a risk that the results of a race might be affected by the alleged doping activity of the rider (it's hard to imagine how the 2014 race results could be affected by a blood profile finding from 2012?), and only after providing the rider an opportunity to deliver a written submission - which did not happen."
Kreuziger said he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with the intention of being able to ride the Vuelta a Espana, which starts on August 23.
"I am deeply frustrated by this current situation, which makes it impossible for me to do my job and ride my bike," Kreuziger said on his own website.
"I'm not a cheat, and I have not committed any doping offence. Experts confirm that there is no evidence of any alleged anti-doping rule violation in my case.
"This has been going on since June 2013, and still there is no formal case opened against me. Despite this I'm now provisionally suspended. I sincerely hope that this situation can be resolved quickly and not turned into a political matter.
"I am grateful to my team, Tinkoff-Saxo, for their support, and it helps me to know they trust me and have faith in me based on our working relationship and the expert opinions on my case."