UCI wants two-year ban for Rasmussen

Governing body says Dane violated whereabouts rule

Cycling's world ruling body on Friday requested a two-year ban for disgraced Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen.

Rasmussen was thrown off the 2007 Tour de France on July 25 by his team, Rabobank, while wearing the leader's yellow jersey for lying about his whereabouts the previous month when he was being sought out for doping tests.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) have now asked the cycling federation of Monaco, with whom Rasmussen was registered at the time, to take disciplinary measures against the Dane.

"Today the International Cycling Union (UCI) has asked the Monaco Cycling Federation, with whom Michael Rasmussen held a racing licence, to open disciplinary proceedings under the UCI Anti Doping Rules," a statement from the UCI said.

"Michael Rasmussen has publicly acknowledged what the UCI believes to be violations of its whereabouts requirements under Rule 15.4 in the period leading up to the Tour de France 2007. After an extensive and careful investigation of the circumstances the UCI also believes that Michael Rasmussen violated Rules 15.3 and 15.5 by evading controls in a premeditated manner and preventing controls being undertaken.

"As part of the disciplinary proceedings Mr Rasmussen will be able to respond to the UCI's case as submitted to the Monaco Cycling Federation. These violations, if proved, carry a penalty of a two year suspension."

© AFP 2008

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