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Rasmussen ousted from Tour de France

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#1 thefiestygoat


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Posted 25 July 2007 - 09:46 PM


GOURETTE, France -- One of it's biggest stars is already gone, and now so is the leader of the Tour de France.

Michael Rasmussen was removed from the race by his Rabobank team after winning Wednesday's stage, a day after Alexandre Vinokourov and his team withdrew when the star cyclist tested positive for a banned blood transfusion.

"Michael Rasmussen has been sent home for violating [the team's] internal rules," Rabobank spokesman Jacob Bergsma told The Associated Press by phone.

The expulsion, which Bergsma said was ordered by the Dutch team's sponsor, was linked to "incorrect" information that Rasmussen gave to the team's sports director over his whereabouts last month. Rasmussen missed random drug tests May 8 and June 28, saying he was in Mexico. But a former rider, Davide Cassani, told Denmark's Danmarks Radio on Wednesday that he had seen Rasmussen in Italy in mid-June.

That is the last thing cycling needed, there is even more in the article but I won't post the whole thing here for legal reasons.
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 09:56 PM

Vinoukorov is out..As an other Italian..

Poor Tour de France :*(
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 10:54 PM

this sport/race needs major damage control
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Posted 26 July 2007 - 09:53 AM

Am I the only one who read this and thought, "Holy crap, Erik Rasmussen is a cyclist in the off season?" :noclue:

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 04:43 PM

Wow, should have stuck to hockey :P (jokinh of course, obviously not the same Ras-manian Devil)
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Posted 06 August 2007 - 01:40 PM

i thought you ment Eric... wtf... i was all excited thinkin he body checked someone and got kicked out... mention first names too Goatie
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Posted 06 August 2007 - 02:31 PM

Am I the only one who read this and thought, "Holy crap, Erik Rasmussen is a cyclist in the off season?" :noclue:


you are not alone in having a brief moment of-- WTF?!?!
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