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Maybe irrelevant and an unjustified personal comment, but he, like Ricco, seems to be on the nasty side of the character continuum: combo. of shifty and egotistical, maybe with a presumptive sense that the rules don't apply to him.

Was known for this when at CSC. Not well liked there (though, of course, CSC was/is a very particular environment not suited to all). Also, see this:

http://cyclingfansanonymous.blogspot.com/2007/08/rasmussen-raised-suspicion-while-on.html

(I'll delete this post if it offends anyone)
 
ericthesportsman6 said:
There is no solid "fact" that Rassmussen cheated, he never even tested positive.

Exactly, he never tested positive. There is also no real proof that he was not in Mexico when he claimed. He was railroaded. Floyd Landis was also railroaded.

If the UCI was smart it would abolish all drug testing tomorrow. There is no way it will ever be stopped. All this does is create more and more scandals.
 
Looking forward to the return of the Chicken.

I was unhappy the chicken was yanked.

Hope He is in next years Tour against Armstrong, Contador, Wiggins, Schleck, Schleck et al.

Hope He's in the next grand tour too.
 

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the truth. said:
Michael Rasmussen made Monday his comeback to cycling when he took part in the Danish race Designa Grand Prix. Rasmussen finished second around 1 minute behind the winner Aleksejs Saramotins.

The man that single handedly destroyed a Tour still hopes to participate in the Vuelta España later this year, but so far he still hasn't found a new team for the season.

Who would want him on board? (other than RR)

Finding a decent team will be difficult, but at the end of the day he has done his time and is no different from any other guy coming back to the sport after a doping ban. Why should he be ostrascised? Hell the guy never even tested positive! In terms of destroying the tour, his position in the GC was the only difference between him and other dopers caught that year or any other year. Rabobank need to take a lot of the blame over the situation, but were they banned from competing the following year...hmm. A rule for some teams and not for others.

He did single handedly destroy Contador and Leipheimer though, even with them double teaming him. Drugs or no drugs that was awesome to watch.
 
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This is a great example of why the professional road racing forum can not be a doping discussion free forum. If it is "a place to discuss all things related to current professional road races," doping will always come up. It is related. I understand why they made the separation since every thread turned into accusations and degenerated into something not worth responding to. I'm glad he is back. I doubt he cheated anyone in the peloton.
 
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Parrot23 said:
Maybe irrelevant and an unjustified personal comment, but he, like Ricco, seems to be on the nasty side of the character continuum: combo. of shifty and egotistical, maybe with a presumptive sense that the rules don't apply to him.

I agree with you on this - the guy seriously gives me the creeps. I'd rather he wasn't back, but even people I don't like deserve a 2nd chance.
 
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perico said:
Not particularly, but on the bright side, I get to watch the disaster that is the Chicken on a TT bike again. :D

OMG I'd forgotten about that! Friggen disaster, that was.

I'm pleased he's served his suspension; I'm not happy that he's come back to cycling.
 
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pickettt said:
The only reason I'm happy for his return is to remind Alberto Contador that he has only won 1 Tour de France.
Really? So what was Rasmussen's finishing time that defeated Contador? You know, where he actually road across the line on the finishing lap on the Champs?
 
I still remember Davide Cassani's whereabouts statement while covering the 07 Tour for la RAI, in regards to having seen R in the Dolomiti, when R had told the UCI he was in Mexico at the time!

And the best thing was Cassani's inadvertentness. He didn't consciously mean to dime out R!!! How comedic. For he didn't realize R had told the UCI otherwise at the time. I still to this day wonder if Cassani would have made the same public statement had he known?? I think not, cause it's all part of the omertà.

That he's back just comes with the territory. Either watch the circus for what it is, or get interested in something else
 
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Those you care for excitement should be happy with him returning.
2007 would have been the best TdF for years, if it wasn't for Rabobank sending him home.

I'm happy if he's racing again.
 
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We wait for Vino's return to be overwhelmingly happy:eek:
No, the one above is a lie, we can't be happy with Hamilton gone for good and Landis still away :p
Basso's return this year was something strange. I used to like him but I don't really care about him anymore. As long as they're playing with the rules, fine. They've already been focused by the authorities, so we can tolerate them. And as long as they're less succesful than in the past (like Millar) it's OK.
 
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I figure the more climbers who can ignite a stage the better, but I never liked him, honestly would cheer for him over contador or armstrong who have never been caught, but implicated plenty. Rasmussen was implicated plenty and took 2 years. Also I like tours where a climbers fight with the TTs, same guy winning both is dull...ish.
 
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rhubroma said:
I still remember Davide Cassani's whereabouts statement while covering the 07 Tour for la RAI, in regards to having seen R in the Dolomiti, when R had told the UCI he was in Mexico at the time!

Theo de Rooy said Cassani was so shocked by the outcome of his praise that he offered to take it all back. say he made a mistake with time/location so rasmussen could go on. what a world :)
 
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BroDeal said:
Hmmm, sounds like Armstrong.

Yes. :(

But as you or others said, at least Schleck and Chicken will give Conti a run for his money in the mountains (if Chicken can find a team that will get invites to the GTs) :D
 
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He does have the right to come back but we do need to keep guys like the Chicken and Vino who have taken drugs or cheated the system. They are not good for the sport
 
auscyclefan94 said:
He does have the right to come back but we do need to keep guys like the Chicken and Vino who have taken drugs or cheated the system. They are not good for the sport

Since Armstrong took drugs, as proved by retrospective testing of the 1999 TdF urine samples, then we don't need him either. If Armstrong is racing, there is no reason not to have Vino, the Chicken, and FLandis racing. At least those three paid for their dope use.
 
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BroDeal said:
Since Armstrong took drugs, as proved by retrospective testing of the 1999 TdF urine samples, then we don't need him either. If Armstrong is racing, there is no reason not to have Vino, the Chicken, and FLandis racing. At least those three paid for their dope use.

HE had a 'prescription'. Even though that is a bs excuse he hasn't tested positive or cheated the system officially. I know that you could come up with millions of pieces of evidence but hold back because i could to.
 

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