Eurosport - Tue, 16 Feb 12:26:00 2010
Former Tour de France leader Michael Rasmussen has confirmed he is considering taking up Mexican citizenship so that he can race at the 2011 World Championships in his native Denmark.
Rasmussen was all set to win the 2007 Tour de France but was sacked by his Rabobank team after stage 16 when it emerged he had failed to report his whereabouts to the team and the UCI in the lead up to the Tour.
He was later banned from the sport for two years for missing doping control, before returning to action last summer with Mexican team Team Tecos Trek.
Despite returning to competition, the Danish Cycling Union have repeatedly stated that they will not consider Rasmussen for selection, forcing the climber to consider competing for Mexico.
The two-time king of the mountains winner would be eligible for Mexican citizenship as his wife is from there.
"I'd love to ride the Worlds on home soil next year and if it is not feasible as a Dane, then I can still go as a Mexican," he told Danish broadsheet Politiken.
Rasmussen, who will ride for the Italian Continental ranked team Miche Silver Cross this season, won a rainbow jersey back in 1999 when he became mountain bike world champion.