Rasmussen has no friend at the top

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Rasmussen has no friend at the top

GENEVA (AP) -- The head of cycling's world governing body tells
The Associated Press that with all the speculation surrounding Tour
de France leader Michael Rasmussen (RAS'-muhs-ehn) "it would be
better if somebody else were to win" the race.
U-C-I president Pat McQuaid says "The last thing this sport
needs is more speculation about doping."
McQuaid adds, however, that the Danish rider has "broken no
rules, so from that point of view you have to give him the benefit
of the doubt."
Rasmussen was dropped from Denmark's national team last week for
failing to notify anti-doping officials of his whereabouts for drug
testing before the Tour began.
He missed two drug tests by Denmark's anti-doping agency in May
and June, and failed to respond to two warnings from the
International Cycling Union since April 2006. A third infraction
with either the U-C-I or the Danish agency would be considered
equivalent to a positive test and lead to a ban.

Michael Rasmussen of Denmark, overall leader of the 94th Tour de
France cycling race between Val d'Isere and Briancon, French Alps,
graphic element on black

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
APNP-07-23-07 1147CDT


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