Garmin-Sharp sacks Alex Rasmussen after Court of Arbitration for Sport hands down 18-month ban

Alex Rasmussen draws an 18-month suspension for missing doping tests

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (VN) — Garmin-Sharp has sacked Alex Rasmussen after the Dane drew an 18-month suspension for missing two drug tests and failing to file whereabouts information within an 18-month period.

The Danish Olympic committee had acquitted Rasmussen of the charges, saying the Union Cycliste International (UCI) had committed a procedural error in communicating with the rider.

The UCI appealed that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), asking for a two-year ban. On Wednesday, the UCI ordered an 18-month suspension, backdated to begin on October 1, 2011.

In announcing its decision, CAS said the procedural mistake did not change the fact that Rasmussen missed an anti-doping test after two previous failures “for which he had received proper notice.”

His results from April 28 to September 14, 2011, will not be disqualified.

In its own statement, Garmin-Sharp said: “We have followed the lead of the authorities throughout this process. Although the missed-whereabouts tests occurred on Alex’s previous team, in light of the CAS verdict, Alex will no longer be with Slipstream Sports.”