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Tiernan-Locke's anti-doping hearing postponed

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Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is under investigation over discrepancies in his biological passport © PA Photos
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British Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has delayed his anti-doping hearing until the summer.

Tiernan-Locke, the 2012 Tour of Britain winner, is being investigated over discrepancies in his biological passport.

The anomalies were detected last September with the 29-year-old pulling out of the World Championships and suspended by Team Sky, though he denies any wrong-doing.

Tiernan-Locke requested the delay, according to the United Kingdom Anti-doping Agency (UKAD), who are handling the case on behalf of cycling's governing body, the UCI.

Team Sky said the readings were taken before he joined them in 2012, with the UCI opening disciplinary hearings against Tiernan-Locke in December.

A UKAD statement read: "Proceedings are confidential until their conclusion, as dictated by the anti-doping rules.

"To protect the rights of all involved and the integrity of the process, we are unable to comment further or disclose exact time-frames, which are in any event changeable depending on outcomes.

"However, as soon as appropriate we will publish the decision on our website."

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