On 2 July 2009 his team announced that he had tested positive for Methylhexanamine which Lhotellerie claimed was from contaminated geranium oil.
Clement LHOTELLERIE tested positive for Methylhexanamine in Liege-Bastogne-Liege on 26 April 2009. He was fired by his team Vacansoleil when the positive test was revealed, and suspended for 5 months by the French federation until 3 November 2009, and
Speaking of Michael Rasmussen, I expect he'll influence the outcome of the Mt. Faron stage. I don't think he'll be explosive enough to get the stage win, but he will definitely be motivated because he can't expect to ride too many prestigious mountain stages against the best pros this year.
So, I think he'll set a hard enough pace that only the best climbers will keep up and have a chance of winning the stage. Valverde, Gesink, or Hoogerland could do it, I think. Vino hasn't shown his old acceleration yet, and I really doubt that Tom Danielson developed a winning instinct over the off-season.
So remaining riders in the GC are only Valverde, Vinokourov, Hoogerland (Noncenti).
Actually, not sure if I should be making Hoogerland a GC candidate and not Noncenti, but Hoogerland seems to be highly rated at the moment. I'm not googling for previous results for the sake of this post.
Out of those three, I would expect it to go in that order, but Valverde must win in any case.
Vino's team mate Maxim Iglinsky is a few seconds ahead of Valverde and Vino.
Max is a good climber....Vino/Maxim one-two Kazak Punch!
Maybe Vino will help Max now for loyalty points later in the season?
I heard a radio interview with Johnny Hoogerland. He's more than a little disappointed about today's stage: he was being led out for the sprint, his teammates overtook Dan Martin on a roundabout 500 mtrs from the finish, and the rest is history. He seemed genuinely pi$$ed off, even if it's just the Tour Mediterranéen.