Michael Rasmussen had a gravelly 2005 Turn, but an eventide worsened 2006. Picture: Gsl/Flickr
Outrage continued to beset the Spell in 2007. During the airstream, trey riders were expelled for doping violations and the total teams of two of the tercet offenders unexpended as a answer. So, later fetching leg 16, backwash leader Michael Rasmussen, a Dane equitation for the Dutch Rabobank team, was pillaged by his squad direction for violating squad rules.
Rabobank claimed Rasmussen had lied almost his whereabouts the month earlier the Go started (teams mustiness cognize where their riders are at all multiplication in cause anti-doping officials like to demeanor tests). Rasmussen aforesaid that he was breeding in Mexico, but was patched by a early cycling pro on the route in Italy rather.
Rasmussen’s remotion from the wash was unprecedented. The alone former Enlistment leader expelled mid-race—Belgian Michel Pollentier in 1978—was distant for nerve-wracking to deceiver a doping quiz. Rasmussen is the lonesome leader to get been laid-off by his own squad.