Thursday, July 26, 2007

Tour de France resumes without Rasmussen

GOURETTE, France - Tour de France leader Michael Rasmussen was sent home after winning Wednesday's stage, sending cycling's biggest race staggering toward the finish.
Just a day after star Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for a banned blood transfusion, the Tour also lost the man who most believed would be wearing the yellow jersey down the Champs-Elysses.
Rasmussen's expulsion, which Bergsma said was ordered by the Dutch team's sponsor, was linked to "incorrect" information the rider 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. However, a former rider, Davide Cassani, told Denmark's Danmarks Radio on Wednesday that he had seen Rasmussen in Italy in mid-June.
With Rasmussen out, Contador of the Discovery Channel team moved into the lead. Australian Cadel Evans, who rides for Predictor-Lotto, moved up to second, with U.S. rider Levi Leipheimer, also with Discovery, now third.
SO let's review.
German rider Patrick Sinkewitz, out doping.
Kazakhstan's Alexander Vinokourov out, illegal blood transfusion.
Denmark rider Michael Rasmussen out, missing drug tests.
Italian Cristian Moreni and the entire Corfidis team out, doping.

1 comment:

=HPSF=Jarhead said...

The tour just like many sports has always been a haven for doping. As long as fans have a desire to see "stars" perform better and those "stars" will do anything to exceed the expectations of the fans. To some extent the promoters like the doping. If it draws big crowds it’s worth it.

Just like the MLB, the tour is turning into a great example of "if you do just don't get caught."

I say leave the dopers alone. If you don't want to dope fine, there are many, many more that would and put on a good show.

I still don't buy good ol' Lance didn't dope.

Plus the tour is boring. It is right up there with watching golf. I say twist the tour with a little Beyond Thunderdome and you would have a sport.