Thursday, July 26, 2007
Rasmussen pulled out of Tour
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Team manager Theo DeRooy has withdrawn the maillot jaune from the Tour de France. The team fired Rasmussen, who lied to them as to his true whereabouts when he missed his out of competition tests in June. "Wrongly reporting whereabouts is a flagrant violation of UCI rules and is unacceptable," read a statement by the Rabobank team.
This follows the expulsion of the Astana team, with at least 2 riders in the top ten, Vinokourov and Kloden.
Earlier in the event a German rider was kicked out for doping.