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Rasmussen must be above reproach

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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.

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posted Jul 24, 2007

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comment by sameric (U9092147)

posted Jul 24, 2007

That's two other things...;)

Doped up pig's blood? Really?

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comment by sameric (U9092147)

posted Jul 24, 2007

It has to be blood from the same species, just checked Cycling news site...

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posted Jul 24, 2007

Let’s put it this way, the Belgian veterinary industry has done the really great service to doping in sport... and you probably thought Fuentes was bad.

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posted Jul 24, 2007

Sameric, the technology already exists to genetically manipulate pigs so they produce blood compatible for human beings. And it is a well known secret that the veterinary industry provide most doping to sports. Amongst cyclists the rumors are...

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posted Jul 25, 2007


Groenhoven

i am glad there are some other people who know what they are talking about on this. The amount of people that will jump on their soap box, without knowing the facts is unbelievable.

If others want to make a viable contribution, maybe they could check some facts before posting some of the rubbish that goes on. Don't just read all the things that are on here and make an opinion, as most people don't have a clue, just like you. Do some other reading then come to a balanced opinion on this subject.

Cycling is not football, there are different rules, some bad some good, the same with football. However you cannot judge a Cyclist on footballs code of conduct.

I for one am glad that when someone is found to be cheating, they get a 2 year ban rather than some shorter versions in other "sports"

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posted Jul 25, 2007

And it seems good that Astana have been asked to leave the tour as well. Assuming Astana were not complicit in this (and it's a big assumption I know), Vino must be about as popular amongst his teammates as rain in Gloucestershire is at the moment.

It may be a harsh penalty on teammates, but it would certainly make clean teams keen on ensuring all riders are clean if teams were thrown out of tours when a single one of their riders fails a test.

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posted Jul 25, 2007

Get it right people- rasmussen has 4 no-shows or failures to inform, not 2! The four warnings are not for just 2 offences- he is just lucky there is a loophole.

This is what the head of the DCU said yesterday (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SPORT/07/24/danes.rasmussen.reut/)

"Worre revealed that the Danish Rabobank rider received a first warning from UCI last year and a second on June 29 this year for failing to inform the authority of his training location. The official added that Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD) issued the rider a warning on April 6 after they went to an address he gave in Italy to conduct a random test and he was not present. He then received a second warning from the ADD on June 21 for a similar offence."

Ok, so he was a no-inform for the UCI last year and on June 29 this year- 2 offences. He was also a no-test (not where he said he would be- he said Italy, but was in mexico!) just before April 6 and again just before June 21 - 2 more offences.

This equals 4 offences- = presumed positive test, plus some!

Rasmussen did not deny there was 4 different offences yeasterday (http://sport.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1158282007)

"There have also been reports in the Danish media that he missed an additional two Danish Anti-Doping authority tests. Rasmussen did not deny this, although he said an alleged missed test on 6 May was an administrative error on the part of the Danish authorities. Perhaps tellingly, his lawyer said this "may have related to another [test], but not 6 May." "

As we can see from the statement of Worre, it was 6 April, not 6 May- so this is the admisistrative error by the Danish authorities that he is trying to dicresdit the DCU on.

Finally, Rasmussen resorts to saying the Danish tests don't count (he actually claims they are "not competent to do tests outside Denmark" -what a cheek!) as he doesn't race under a Danish license. Mind you, he was still eligable to race for Denmark at worlds and olympics, so they probably have the right to test him? (not so sure about that last point).

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posted Jul 25, 2007

rofl cycle what a retarded argument
Rasmussen didnt deny there were 4 occasions where he didnt tell the dope checky people where he was


by the same logic we could also argue that there are space aliens because he did not deny that either!

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posted Jul 25, 2007

Yeah, you reckon its a retarded comment? How about the news he has just been kicked off the tour by his own team!!!!

Because he lied ( to the team and now obviously to the UCI and the DCU) and said he was in Mexico, when he was still in italy.

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