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UCI Takes Tadej Valjavec Doping Case to CAS
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The International Cycling Union will test the legal strength of its biological passport program in sport's highest court by challenging Slovenian anti-doping officials' refusal to suspend rider Tadej Valjavec after his suspicious blood readings.

The UCI says it met Friday's deadline to file an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. No hearing date has been set.

The expected case will examine the pioneering anti-doping project that identifies the effects of banned drugs rather than individual substances.

Slovenian authorities cleared Valjavec in July after the UCI referred the case. Valjavec never failed a doping test and says illness caused his irregular blood values.

He's been suspended by his team Ag2r-La Mondiale.

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