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by Shane Stokes
October 29, 2014
The Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed Tuesday that it had initiated a procedure filed by the UCI and WADA against the clearing of Roman Kreuziger by the Czech Olympic Committee relation to charges of blood doping.
It outlined a range of penalities that the UCI hopes will be applied to the rider, including the stripping of results dating back over three years, a lengthy suspension and a file of over three quarters of a million euro.
“In appealing to the CAS, the UCI has requested that the decision issued on 22 September 2014 be set aside and replaced with a new decision sanctioning Mr Kreuziger with a period of ineligibility of between 2 and 4 years,” states CAS on its website.
“It further requests the disqualification of all competition results achieved from March 2011 until the commencement of the period of ineligibility as well as payment of a fine of EUR 770,000 and costs.”
According to CAS, the arbitration procedure is in progress. No specific dates have been given.
If the UCI and WADA ultimately win their appeal and Kreuziger loses his results from March 2011, those will include fifth overall and best young rider in the 2011 Giro d’Italia, stage 19 of the 2012 Giro, first in the 2013 Amstel Gold Race, third in that year’s Tour de Suisse plus the Clasica de San Sebastián and fifth overall in the Tour de France.
He would also lose this season’s results, including third overall in Tirreno-Adriatico, fifth in Strade Bianche and seventh in Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
In what appears to have been a move to counter CAS’s news, Kreuziger’s lawyer issued an open letter today highlighting what he says are flaws in the UCI’s case against the rider. He has also suggested that the appeal to CAS is a witch hunt.