By Paul Osborne

The UCI and WADA have lodged an appeal against the Croatia Olympic Committee's decision to clear Roman Kreuziger of anti-doping violations ©Getty ImagesBoth the International Cycling Union (UCI) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have appealed the Czech Olympic Committee's (CAC) decision to clear Tinkoff-Saxo rider Roman Kreuziger on charges relating to anomalies in his biological passport.

Kreuziger was initially suspended by the UCI earlier this season for anomalies relating to values from 2011 and 2012, when he was riding with Astana, the team currently being investigated by the UCI after three doping offences.

The Czech Olympic Committee cleared the 28-year-old of any anti-doping violations claiming the "values of the Athlete Biological Passport do not exceed the so-called basal [extreme] values".

The UCI was given one month to appeal the decision, which they have now lodged to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, alongside WADA.

"After reviewing the full case file, the Union Cycliste Internationale, joined by the World Anti-Doping Agency, 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)," UCI's statement read.

"Having carefully considered the decision, the UCI and WADA are filing an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport 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.

"In order to fully respect the integrity of the legal process, the UCI and WADA will refrain from commenting further until the appeal has been completed and a decision rendered by CAS".

Roman Kreuziger claimed that the anomalies in his biological passport relating to values from 2011 and 2012 when he was riding with Astana ©Getty ImagesRoman Kreuziger claimed that the anomalies in his biological passport relating to values from 2011 and 2012 when he was riding with Astana ©Getty Images

Kreuziger has said that the anomaly in his biological passport dates back to between 2011 and 2012, when he rode with Astana - who are currently under investigation following positive doping results from three of it's riders, lya Davidenok and brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy - and was due to extreme dehydration in a mountain stage at the Giro d'Italia.

Although he was never suspended by his current team Tinkoff-Saxo following the allegations, they decided to pull him out of their Tour de France squad to avoid the inevitable media attention that his participation would attract.

The 28-year-old was set to make a return to racing at the Tour de Pologne in August but the UCI decided to ban him provisionally pending the Czech Olympic Committee's ruling.

Following the CAC's decision to clear the rider, the UCI announced plans to set up an independent anti-doping tribunal by 2015.

The new independent body will deal with all doping cases involving international competitions in a move they hope will lead to a consistency of decision-making and end the debate over the reliability of individual federations' findings.

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