UCI to appeal Alex Rasmussen missed drugs tests acquittal to CAS
Danish national Olympic committee had said UCI didn't notify cyclist of third missed test in time
World cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has revealed that it plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the acquittal of former HTC-Highroad rider Alex Rasmussen on charges relating to three missed out-of-competition drugs tests.
The 27-year-old, who is contracted to ride for Garmin-Cervéllo next season, was sacked by HTC-Highroad during September’s Tour of Britain after he was suspended by the Danish cycling federation. That suspension also cost him the opportunity to race in the world championships in his home country.
Ordinarily, athletes who have missed three out-of-competition tests, typically as a result of failing to update their ‘whereabouts’ information as had happened in Rasmussen’s case, face a ban of up to two years.
Last month, however, DIF, the Danish national Olympic committee, exonerated the 27-year-old, saying that the UCI had taken ten weeks to inform Rasmussen of his third failed test, rather than the required 14 days.
Following that decision, Garmin-Cervelo, which had initially said the cyclist would not be joining the team as planned, named him in its roster for 2012.
Danish news agency Ritzau confirmed yesterday that the UCI it had appealed that decision to CAS.
The cyclist himself has been reported as being unsurprised by the governing body’s action, but confident that CAS will uphold the DIF’s decision.