Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Rasmussen is out

L'Equipe reports that Rabobank has pulled Michael Rasmussen from the Tour for unspecified reasons:

"Le maillot jaune Michael Rasmussen ne sera pas au départ de la 17e étape du Tour de France, jeudi, à Pau. Son équipe, Rabobank, a décidé de ne pas l'aligner pour des raisons encore non précisées. Le coureur danois avait échappé à plusieurs contrôles inopinés avant le Tour."

From CN:
"Yellow jersey Michael Rasmussen will reportedly not be at the start of the Tour de France's 17th stage Thursday morning according to L'Equipe. He was withdrawn from the race by his Rabobank team for reasons which were not specified. Rasmussen won Wednesday's Stage 16 finishing at Col d’Aubisque."

CN update (2:40 PST):
"Yellow jersey Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) will not start Stage 17 of the Tour de France Thursday morning. Team manager Theo DeRooy has withdrawn the maillot jaune from the Tour de France, allegedly because Rasmussen lied to the Rabobank team as to his true whereabouts when he missed his out of competition tests in June. DeRooy will not withdraw the entire team, but will allow the riders to choose to start the stage tomorrow.

BBC reports that Rasmussen also has been fired from the Rabobank team.

The new, provisional GC standings (which for me, are now MEANINGLESS):

1. Alberto Contador (Spa) Discovery 76 hours 18 mins 25 secs
2. Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor-Lotto @ 1 min 53 secs
3. Levi Leipheimer (US) Discovery @ 2 mins 49 secs
4. Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC @ 6 mins 2 secs
5. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel @ 6 mins 29 secs

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