Rabobank is not paying Michael Rasmussen for the month of July, and the Dane will need to forget his Tour bonus from the ProTour team. Together this means Rasmussen, who held the yellow jersey for 10 days in July, will miss out on 67,000 Euros, according to Danish paper B.T.
The Dane has calculated that his ejection from the Tour and his potential Tour win would have earned him 1.3 million Euros, but if Rabobank gets its way, he won't receive any sort of compensation. "If someone is fired, then they are also not paid out, that is logical," said team spokesperson Jacob Bergsma.
"There may well be discussions between the lawyers, but we are not planning on paying him any compensation for him being fired. Rasmussen broke various rules and that means that he broke the terms of the contract," he concluded.