Without the full details it is very difficult to debate whether or not Michael Rasmussen is guilty of anything other than forgetfulness in failing to inform doping officials of his whereabouts over the past year.
Rasmussen has held the yellow jersey since last Sunday, during which time he will have had doping tests at the end of every single stage.
However, this is the last thing the Tour de France needs as it attempts to rebuild an image still tarnished by the 1998 Festina affair and further damaged by the Floyd Landis saga.
German television had enough last week when a positive test for T-Mobile’s Patrik Sinkewitz was revealed last week (although the rider could yet be saved by his B sample).
Some of the world’s leading riders, Danilo di Luca and Alessandro Petacchi, are involved in ongoing inquiries which have kept them away from the Tour.
As the organisers have signalled, asking riders sign pre-races pledges that they are not involved in doping, this issue is no longer about passing drugs tests and adhering to the letter of the law
It is about being seen clearly to be above reproach and, as Tour leader, this applies to Rasmussen more than anyone else.