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Rasmussen will appeal to CAS

Following the news that Michael Rasmussen was handed a two-year suspension by the Monaco cycling federation on Tuesday, the Dane has announced his intention to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the hope of having the suspension reduced. Rasmussen's former team, Rabobank, was recently ordered by a court in The Netherlands to pay him 665,000 euro in compensation after he was sacked during last year's Tour de France for lying about his whereabouts prior to the race.

"The court ruling still gives me a positive turning point in my case," Rasmussen told Sporza. "I am more convinced than ever that CAS will reduce my suspension and I can start to compete again in 2009."

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