Michael Rasmussen lost his appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday regarding his two-year suspension for missing out-of-competition doping controls prior to the 2007 Tour de France.
"Now I just have to move on," Rasmussen said, according Danish news agency Ritzau. "This case hasn't been in my favor, and of course I don't feel very well treated. But there's nothing else to do than just look forward and move on."
"Now I know exactly when I can race again and that makes it a little easier to plan the next six months of training," continued Rasmussen. "Until about 24 hours ago I still had a little hope that I would be able to get back earlier. Of course I'm disappointed with CAS' decision, but it doesn't change my ambitions to get back to racing on the highest level again."