Tiernan-Locke facing disciplinary

Tiernan-Locke is to face disciplinary proceedings.

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Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is to face disciplinary proceedings after an analysis of discrepancies in his biological passport data demonstrated an anti-doping violation, the International Cycling Union has announced. .

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Tiernan-Locke withdraws from racing over biological passport issue

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke won the 2012 Tour of Britain.

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Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has withdrawn from racing after being notified of possible discrepancies in his biological passport data by the sport's world governing body the UCI.

Tiernan-Locke, 28, joined Team Sky in January after a successful 2012 which included overall victory at the Tour of Britain.

He withdrew from Sunday's road race at the World Championships in Florence, where he had been selected to ride for Great Britain, after receiving the information from the UCI.