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Nielsen replaces Riis Anderson on Danish cycling team

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Mountain bike rider Klaus Nielsen was selected to Denmark's Olympic squad Tuesday as a replacement for Peter Riis Andersen, who was barred from the Beijing Games after admitting he had taken a banned blood booster.

The 28-year-old Nielsen was picked by Denmark's Olympic committee and is the 84th athlete on the team.

Riis Andersen admitted Monday he had taken the banned blood-booster EPO and said he would quit professional cycling.

Nielsen finished second to Riis Andersen in the Danish mountain bike championships July 20.