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Exonerated Rogers to make Liege comeback

LIEGE, Belgium (AFP) — Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) will make his return to competitive racing at Sunday’s Liège–Bastogne–Liège after cycling’s global governing body, the UCI, lifted his provisional doping ban.

On Wednesday, the UCI lifted its suspension against Rogers after accepting he did not intentionally take the banned stimulant clenbuterol. The 34-year-old had tested positive for clenbuterol in his urine sample at the Japan Cup last October.

Although the UCI stripped him of his victory in that race, it accepted his claim that the clenbuterol entered his system through contaminated meat he had eaten while in China for the Tour of Beijing, which the UCI owns through its Global Cycling Promotion arm.

“His presence will be essential in the coming weeks,” Tinkoff sporting director Philippe Mauduit said of Rogers’ return. “In Liège, the aim will be to help Roman (Kreuziger) try to win the race.”

Rogers is a three-time time trial world champion who finished second to Bradley Wiggins at the prestigious Critérium du Dauphiné in 2012.

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