LIEGE, Belgium, April 25, 2014 (AFP) – Australian Michael Rogers will make
his return to competitive racing at Sunday’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege race after
having his provisional doping ban lifted by the International Cycling Union
On Wednesday, the UCI lifted their suspension against Rogers after
accepting he did not intentionally take the banned stimulant clenbuterol.
The 34-year-old had tested positive for clenbuterol in his urine sample at
the Japan Cup last October.
Although the UCI stripped him of his victory in that race, they accepted
his claim that the clenbuterol entered his system through contaminated meat he
had eaten in China.
His Tinkoff-Saxo said Friday he would be part of their Liege team.
“His presence will be essential in the coming weeks,” said sporting
director Philippe Mauduit.
“In Liege, the aim will be to help Roman (Kreuziger) try to win the race.”
Rogers is a three-time track cycling world champion who finished second to
Bradley Wiggins at the prestigious Criterium du Dauphine in 2012.