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UCI, WADA to appeal Kreuziger case to Court of Arbitration for Sport

UCI and WADA will fight Czech Olympic Committee's decision to acquit Kreuziger following his 2011-2012 biological passport anomalies

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The UCI and the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) will appeal the decision made last month by the Czech Olympic Committee to clear Roman Kreuziger of anomalies in his biological passport, taking the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“After reviewing the full case file, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), joined by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has decided to appeal the Czech Olympic Committee hearing panel’s decision to acquit Roman Kreuziger following anomalies that were found in the rider’s Athlete Biological Passport (ABP),” the UCI said through a statement Thursday.

“Having carefully considered the decision, the UCI and WADA are filing an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) with the request that consideration be given to a sanction for Kreuziger that is fully compliant with the rules of the World Anti-Doping Code.”

Both bodies indicated that they would not comment further until a decision had been made by CAS “in order to fully respect the integrity of the legal process.”

The anomalies in his biological passport relate to the periods between March and August 2011, and April 2012 until the end of that year’s Giro d’Italia. At that time Kreuziger rode for Astana. He joined Tinkoff-Saxo in 2013, and that year, he won the Amstel Gold Race, and finished fifth at the Tour de France, riding in support of Alberto Contador.

Following his 2013 Amstel Gold win, Kreuziger admitted to having worked with controversial Italian doctor Michele Ferrari, during 2006 and 2007. In 2002, the Italian Olympic committee (CONI) banned Ferrari from working with athletes in Italy.

His Tinkoff-Saxo team withheld him from competing in the Tour de France, but then grew frustrated by the UCI and attempted to start him in the Tour of Poland. Kreuziger was then provisionally suspended on August 2.

On September 22, the Czech Olympic Committee said that Kreuziger “did not violate anti-doping rules,” adding that, “the values in the cyclist’s biological passport did not exceed the basal (extreme) values.”

UCI president Brian Cookson announced last month that starting in 2015, a new independent and international anti-doping tribunal will handle doping cases, instead of the rider’s national federation or Olympic Committee.

Kreuziger returned to competition on October 1 in Italy’s Milano-Torino race, knowing full well that the UCI would be appealing his case to CAS. Thursday’s announcement confirmed that was the case, with WADA joining the UCI in the legal battle.