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Rogers cleared of doping

Former Team Sky rider Michael Rogers has been cleared to return to the peloton after a provisional suspension was lifted.

Rogers will face no further action over a positive test for banned substance clenbuterol he returned while racing in Japan last October.

The 34-year-old, who now rides for Alberto Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo team, claimed to have ingested the substance in contaminated meat he ate while riding in the preceding Tour of Beijing.

His claims have now been backed by the International Cycling Union and Rogers admitted the news came as a massive relief.

"Over the past four months, my family and I have endured a very difficult time," he said.

"The UCI's decision means I can return to racing immediately, and I am looking forward to getting back to work, competing in the sport I love.

"I wish to take this opportunity to thank my family, friends, team-mates, colleagues, medical experts and fans who have showed continued support and understanding.

"Further, I wish to show my gratitude to the board of Tinkoff-Saxo for the professional manner with which this ambiguous ordeal has been handled.

"Thank you for having the perception of what is right, rather than following the path of least resistance."