Ruling expected in several weeks on Rasmussen's doping appeal

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen's appeal against a two-year doping ban was heard Thursday at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Rasmussen did not attend the five-hour hearing that challenged the Monaco Cycling Federation's decision in July to suspend his racing license for two years. It applied from the day he was removed from the Tour de France while leading in July 2007.

CAS, sport's highest court, said a ruling is expected within several weeks.

Rasmussen's Rabobank team withdrew him from the Tour for lying about his whereabouts when he missed pre-race doping tests.

Rasmussen told the International Cycling Union he was in Mexico, but later acknowledged to the UCI that he was actually in Italy and France. He said his team knew his actual whereabouts.