Okay, This Might Actually Get Me to Care About the Tour de France
By Dan O'Donnell
Michael Rasmussen has now been removed from the Tour after violating internal team rules. Here's the Associated Press account:
GOURETTE, France (AP) -- Tour de France leader Michael Rasmussen of Denmark has been removed from the race, a devastating blow to cycling's premier event which has been rocked by a series of doping scandals.
"Michael Rasmussen has been sent home for violating (the team's) internal rules," Rabobank team spokesman Jacob Bergsma told The Associated Press by phone Wednesday.
The expulsion, which Bergsma said was ordered by the Dutch team sponsor, was linked to "incorrect" information that Rasmussen gave to the team's sports director over his whereabouts last month. Rasmussen missed random drug tests May 8 and June 28.
The 33-year-old rider, who won Wednesday's stage, had looked set to win the race, which ends Sunday in Paris.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
This on top of a bombing from the Basque separatist group today as well as a positive doping test by Cristian Moreni that prompted his entire team, Cofidis, to withdraw in shame. Oh, and apparently there was some racing today or something. Details are still sketchy. I'm telling you, my satirical article from an earlier post is getting closer and closer to reality.