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Kreuziger says his provisional ban broke UCI rules

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FILE - This is a Wednesday July 17, 2013 file photo of Roman Kreuziger of the Czech Republic as he takes the start of the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race an individual time trial over 32 kilometers (20 miles) with start in Embrun and finish in Chorges, France. It was reported Tuesday Aug. 5, 2014 that Kreuziger said the UCI broke its anti-doping rules by provisionally suspending him without a positive test. In a statement on his website, Kreuziger said he and his lawyers "strongly oppose the UCI decision, which has no basis in the UCI legislation." (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
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FILE - This is a Wednesday July 17, 2013 file photo of Roman Kreuziger of the Czech Republic as he takes the start of the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race an individual time trial over 32 kilometers (20 miles) with start in Embrun and finish in Chorges, France. It was reported Tuesday Aug. 5, 2014 that Kreuziger said the UCI broke its anti-doping rules by provisionally suspending him without a positive test. In a statement on his website, Kreuziger said he and his lawyers "strongly oppose the UCI decision, which has no basis in the UCI legislation." (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

GENEVA (AP) — Cyclist Roman Kreuziger has claimed that the UCI broke its anti-doping rules by provisionally suspending him without a positive test.

In a statement on his website Tuesday, Kreuziger said he and his lawyers "strongly oppose the UCI decision" to impose a temporary ban on him racing.

"(The ban) has no basis in the UCI legislation, allowing imposition of a provisional suspension only in cases of a positive A sample, which is not Mr. Kreuziger's case," the statement said. "Other preliminary measures can only be imposed when there exists a risk that the results of a race might be affected by the alleged doping activity of the rider ... and only after providing the rider an opportunity to deliver a written submission - which did not happen."

Cycling's governing body used blood analysis from 2011 and '12 in Kreuziger's biological passport to suspend the Tinkoff-Saxo rider Saturday.

The temporary ban prevented him starting the Tour of Poland on Sunday.

"I'm not a cheat, and I have not committed any doping offence," the Czech Republic rider insisted. "I am deeply frustrated by this current situation, which makes it impossible for me to do my job and ride my bike."

Kreuziger had pledged Sunday to ask the Court of Arbitration for Sport to lift the ban before the three-week Spanish Vuelta starts Aug. 23.

In June, Tinkoff-Saxo dropped Kreuziger from its Tour de France roster because of suspected discrepancies in his biological passport. With no disciplinary case open, it selected him for the stage races in Poland and Spain.

The UCI acknowledged Saturday it reacted to the team selections based on "the recent assertion of an anti-doping rule violation based on his athlete biological passport."

The governing body did not respond immediately to requests for comment Tuesday.

In his latest statement, Kreuziger said he wished to explain the facts to avoid any misunderstandings.

He said the UCI reviewed his blood readings from March to August 2011, and in April until the end of the Giro d'Italia in 2012. Then, Kreuziger won a Giro stage riding for the Astana team.

The UCI told the rider three months ago that a panel of experts from its independent anti-doping foundation agreed on "probable" doping in 2012.

"Mr. Kreuziger strongly refutes this assumption," the rider's statement said, citing one blood profile result which "approached the limits ... caused by extreme dehydration after (an unsuccessful) mountain stage of the Giro d'Italia 2012."

The 28-year-old Kreuziger has three career top-10 finishes in the Tour de France and victories in the second-tier Tour of Romandie and Tour of Switzerland stage races. He also has a one-day classic victory, in the 2013 Amstel Gold race.

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