LONDON, July 17 (Xinhua) -- British cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke was banned for two years after abnormalities were found in his biological passport, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Thursday.
The rider was also fired by Team Sky for doping.
Biological passport was a anti-doping measure, which tracks a rider's blood profile over time to look for evidence of doping.
The UCI announced in December 2013 that Tiernan-Locke faced a disciplinary hearing after analysis of his biological passport showed "use of prohibited substances and/or methods."
His ban lasts through Dec. 31, 2015.
Tiernan-Locke, 29, won the Tour of Britain in 2012.