Alex Rasmussen acquitted by Danish Federation over missed doping controls

Alex Rasmussen, Tour of Britain 2011

Alex Rasmussen's whereabouts case took an interesting twist yesterday when the Danish federation acquitted him and Garmin-Cervélo welcomed him into its 2012 team. His national federation (DIF) said the UCI had failed to meet WADA's 14-day notification deadline and so it is unable to sanction the cyclist over missed doping controls.

"Alex Rasmussen is dismissed because his third violation was notified too late," Torben Jessen, president of DIF's doping tribunal said in a press statement. "The UCI spent 10 weeks to report the infringement, while the international [WADA] standard dictates 14 days," says Torben Jessen, president of DIF's doping tribunal.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.