Rasmussen cleared of missed doping test charges

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FILE - In this June 28, 2011, file photo, Danish professional rider Alex Rasmussen, makes his way to test the track for the World Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Denmark's Sports Federation says its doping committee on Thursday Nov. 17, 2011 cleared four-time track cycling world champion Alex Rasmussen of charges connected to missed doping tests.  Rasmussen was suspended by his national cycling body and fired by his team HTC-Highroad in September, after missing three doping tests in 18 months.(AP Photo/Finn Frandsen, POLFOTO, File)  DENMARK OUT
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FILE - In this June 28, 2011, file photo, Danish professional rider Alex Rasmussen, makes his way to test the track for the World Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark. Denmark's Sports Federation says its doping committee on Thursday Nov. 17, 2011 cleared four-time track cycling world champion Alex Rasmussen of charges connected to missed doping tests. Rasmussen was suspended by his national cycling body and fired by his team HTC-Highroad in September, after missing three doping tests in 18 months.(AP Photo/Finn Frandsen, POLFOTO, File) DENMARK OUT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Track cycling world champion Alex Rasmussen was cleared of charges connected to missed doping tests by the Denmark Sports Federation doping committee on Thursday.

If the ruling stands, Rasmussen can compete next season for his new team, Garmin-Cervelo, and has a chance to participate in the 2012 London Olympics.

Rasmussen was suspended by his national cycling body and fired by his team HTC-Highroad in September, after missing three doping tests in 18 months.

He received two warnings from Denmark's anti-doping agency and one from the International Cycling Union.

The sports federation said it cleared Rasmussen because the UCI didn't inform him about his third whereabouts violation until 10 weeks after it happened.

According to the World Anti-Doping Agency's rules, Rasmussen should have been informed of the violation within 14 days.

Officials at UCI weren't immediately available for comment on whether they would appeal the Danish decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"It is above all expectations. I am super happy. I hardly know what to say," Rasmussen told Danish news website spn.dk. "I will call a lot of people, and get the bikes back out again and move on."

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