Michael Rasmussen Tour de France 2007 yellow jersey

Tour de France leader Michael Rasmussen held a press conference during the second rest day in Pau on Tuesday but despite speaking for 50 minutes, he failed to explain why he missed a string of out of competition doping tests and flatly denied ever asking American mountain biker Whitney Richards to transport blood doping products for him in 2002.

Sat with Rabobank team manager Theo De Rooy and the team?s lawyer, Rasmussen appeared apologetic but seemed desperate for the press to believe him.

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