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by Mark Zalewski
February 18, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Campenaerts wins TT, Valverde takes over lead at Ruta del Sol; Castroviejo wins Volta ao Algarve TT, Roglic retains lead; Kristoff wins again at Tour of Oman; Jonathan Tiernan-Locke retires; Swiss CX champion Julien Taramarcaz retires; New Energy Tour unveils route; British Cycling to brief riders on upcoming independent review report; Driver allegedly deliberately clips British domestic team on training ride; Rider to tackle all 21 Giro stages on fat bike for charity; Tour of Oman, stage 3 highlights; Video: Alexis Ryan on the 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour; Team Novo Nordisk: 2017 Season Kickoff.
Former Tour of Britain winner Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has opted to retire from professional racing, after serving a two-year ban for a biological passport violation. He did return to racing in 2016, albeit briefly and not nearly at the level he was before serving the ban.
“I’m glad I raced last year, even if I was never that fit, as I felt I needed to come back and compete at some level,” he told the Exeter Express & Echo. “I just about did the bare minimum in training, often missing a few days’ riding at a time – and that was the polar opposite to the way I was before. I have searched for the motivation, but the fact is that it’s difficult to get fired up about the kind of races that I once saw as stepping-stones to the pro world.”
The former Team Sky rider came under investigation over blood values relating back to September 2012, when he was racing with Team Endura. He accepted the two-year ban and had expressed doubts over returning to racing as a professional.
Tiernan-Locke said he is working in property management, but would not completely rule out a return to racing, at some level.
“Although I’m 32, I haven’t had a long career of racing, so if and when the desire to race returns, I might do another season. I still love riding, and I do intend to get back on the bike soon. But for now, I just plan to keep fit and enjoy being a social rider – even if I probably will get stuck in now and again!”
Click through to read more at the Exeter Express & Echo.