Tour de France 2007 Rabobank jersey

A spokesman for the Rabobank team of Michael Rasmussen read out a statement in the early hours of Thursday morning, following the announcement that their Danish rider, who has lead the Tour de France since Sunday, July 15, lied about his whereabouts, seemingly to avoid out of competition tests.

"The reason for our decision is that the information came out that Michael Rasmussen was not in Mexico when he said he was. He was in Italy.

"He confirmed this information with Theo de Rooy, when he asked him. That is the reason that Theo de Rooy took the decision not to start Michael in tomorrow's stage of the Tour de France.

"It's a very complicated situation at this moment. The riders are talking with each other to decide whether or not they will start tomorrow. We have no further information as to whether or not they will start. They will not decide before tomorrow morning."

The spokesman went on to say that Rasmussen was not at the team hotel, but would not confirm where he was.

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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!

Simon is currently riding

Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

Gravel bike: N/A

Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel