Rasmussen out of Tour of Britain after being sacked by HTC for missed test

Alex Rasmussen, Tour of Britain 2011

Team HTC-Highroad fired Dane Alex Rasmussen on Thursday morning for missing a recent anti-doping control.

"Mr Rasmussen missed a test and additionally did not inform the team," said HTC's Team Manager Rolf Aldag in a press release. "These are clear violations of the team's code of conduct."

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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.