Alex Rasmussen will end his career in late January after the Copenhagen Six Day race. The Danish rider can look back on four World Championships titles on the track and a number of successes on the road.
The 32-year-old won his first world title in 2005, in the scratch race. In 2009 he won two titles - the team pursuit and Madison - with Michael Morkov. He has over 30 national titles on both the road and track, and a silver medal in the team pursuit from the Beijing Olympics.
He turned his attention to road racing in 2009, signing with Saxo Bank for two years before moving to HTC-Highroad. That team fired him after he was found to have missed three doping tests, under 'whereabouts' violations.
The UCI charges were dismissed and he signed with Garmin-Barracuda for 2012. However, the charges were reinstated and upheld, and he served a backdated 18 month suspension.