Roman Kreuziger: ‘I believe there will be a happy end’

Suspended Saxo-Tinkoff rider doesn't know how long pending doping inquiry will last, remains optimistic

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AFP) — Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) said Tuesday that he believes in justice after a pending anti-doping inquiry due to biological passport abnormalities stopped him from taking part in the 2014 Tour de France.

“If there is some justice, I believe there will be a happy end,” the 28-year-old Saxo-Tinkoff rider said on his website. “On the one hand I’m relieved to see things published and handled. On the other I have no idea how long the matter might take.”

Kreuziger, who finished fifth in last year’s edition of the Tour, was supposed to back Spanish teammate Alberto Contador’s quest for another Tour victory.

But Saxo-Tinkoff suspended the Czech rider from its Tour team in June after the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation found abnormalities in his biological passport dating from 2011 and 2012, when he rode for Astana.

“I have got used to hearing good news one day and bad news the next. When I hear good news, I stand fast, and when there’s bad news, I don’t feel down really,” he said.

“I haven’t condemned cycling, I’ve been watching the Tour and I’m in daily contact with the guys who are riding. We wrote each other yesterday,” Kreuziger added.