Michael Rasmussen suspended by team and out of Tour de France

Yellow jersey wearer has been withdrawn from the race for lying about his whereabouts earlier in the season.

Michael Rasmussen Tour de France 2007 yellow jersey

Tour de France leader Michael Rasmussen has been withdrawn from the event and suspended by his Rabobank team.

The sudden withdrawal of Rasmussen came on Wednesday night after he won stage 16 earlier in the day. Rabobank are said to have taken the decision based on the Dane's failure to truthfully notify the team of his whereabouts when not racing, and his failure to attend out of competition dope controls. 

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) 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 became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.