Kreuziger Takes His Biological Passport to the People
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Dec 02, 2014 – Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger, who has been facing doping charges over problems in his biological passport, has published the document on his website Tuesday to back his claim to innocence.
“I have never doped and never tested positive for doping,” the 28-year-old Tinkoff-Saxo rider wrote in English on the www.kreuzigercase.com website. “In the documents section you can download information associated with my case. I have also made my biological passport data available here.”
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reopened a case against Kreuziger in October after the International Cycling Union (UCI) appealed a Czech Olympic Committee decision to clear him of doping charges that had seen him banned from the sport for months.
The UCI wants Kreuziger banned for between two and four years and all his results since March 2011 erased, along with a 770,000-euro ($957,000) fine. UCI president Brian Cookson also warned in October there was “a very strong indication of manipulation” in the document.
The problems, dating from 2011 and 2012 during Kreuziger’s time with the much-tainted Astana team, only came to light earlier this year. Kreuziger was dropped from his team’s squad for this year’s Tour de France after having finished fifth in the 2013 edition. He was later provisionally suspended by the UCI, forcing him to miss the Vuelta and World Championships.
“I consider the biological passport to be an excellent tool. However, clear rules for its use must be set out otherwise it is useless and can be used to eliminate anyone,” Kreuziger said. “I have been living in uncertainty as to whether I will be able to continue to devote myself to my life’s passion and continue with my career.”
To download the documents Kreuziger has made available click here.