The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) heard the appeal of Michael Rasmussen on Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland regarding the Dane's two-year suspension for missing out-of-competition doping controls. Rasmussen was suspended in July, 2008 by the cycling federation of Monaco, the country where he received his racing license.
The ex-Rabobank rider was not present in Lausanne, where arbitrators met for five hours. The ruling will follow in a few weeks.
The 34-year-old Dane was wearing the leader's yellow jersey in the 2007 Tour de France when his team removed him from the race because he had lied about his whereabouts for antidoping controls in the months prior to the Tour.
In July, 2008, Rasmussen was awarded 700,000 euros in contract fees and interest for wrongful termination by his Rabobank team in a civil lawsuit.