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Tour de France Leader Dropped From National Team

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Denmark's Olympic Committee is backing the Danish cycling union's decision to drop Tour de France leader Michael Rasmussen from the national team. That rules him out of the 2008 Beijing Games.

The union kicked Rasmussen off the national team last week for failing to tell anti-doping officials of his whereabouts for drug-testing. That took away his chance to represent Denmark at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, in September.

Rasmussen received a warning on June 29 from the International Cycling Union because he missed random drug tests on May 8 and June 28. Anti-doping officials sought to contact Rasmussen but he had not informed them of his whereabouts and was reportedly training in Mexico.

Danish federation and international rules require cyclists to keep officials informed of their whereabouts for possible unannounced doping tests.


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