What are the general views on rasmussen?
I was a big fan of Rass when i started watching cycling in 05. Love the KOM comp from the get-go and naturally enjoyed his riding style in the mountains
Cheat who should never be allowed back, no dirtier than anyone else and should be allowed his chance?
Some would say no dirtier than anyone else, but I do genuinely believe he should be allowed his chance if a team is willing to sign him
Which team should he go to?
A Pro-Conti Spanish team and target the Vuelta. I assume he speaks spanish, with a mexican wife and all, and this way he gets a crack at winning a GT again.
Alternatively, a Pro-Conti Italian team and target the Giro.
What are his motivations and why would a team want him?
His motivations, I feel, are he is paying for a crime that some would argue everyone is doing. Similar to other "dopers" who never tested positive but served suspensions due to criminal investigations and other accusations, I think he wants to prove he has got the goods to win a GT.
A team would want him if they believe in second chances and are lacking a GC contender for the Vuelta/Giro. I think if he expects to get a crack at the Tour, he is misguided, as teams get a good proportion of their exposure at the Tour, and signing up Rass for that may not impress the sponsors.
I think he wants another crack at the tour and i think he knows he can't ask for as much money as before.
Agreed. But I suspect the tour is out of reach now...
Teams would get a genuine GC contender at a bargain price, but your team is then tainted...what are the opinions as to how he gets back in and with who?
Again, a Pro-Conti team is the most he can expect really, IMO.
Whether thats a Pro-Conti Italian team to have a crack at the Giro, or a Pro-Conti Spanish team to have a crack at the Vuelta I don't know, but I wouldn't think he would be getting a shot in the Pro Tour, at the Tour de France, in a big team.
If he was on a team that potentially could get a wild card for the Tour, I suspect the organisers would not want Rass back. Therefore, his tour days are over unless he gets signed by a top16 Pro Tour team, but I can't see one of those teams buying him. Maybe i'm wrong tho..