Rasmussen building form

By Shane Stokes Danish rider Michael Rasmussen impressed greatly during last year's Tour de France,...

By Shane Stokes

Danish rider Michael Rasmussen impressed greatly during last year's Tour de France, winning a stage and dominating the king of the Mountains competition. He's had a quiet spring but says that things are all going to plan so far.

"I am keeping well, I am feeling alright," he said prior to the start of stage one of the Tour de Suisse. "My preparation has been going well. I have been doing steady rides since I came out of the Giro [he withdrew before the start of stage 12 due to a back problem – ed]. This is the last big test here and it will give me a good indication as to whether I am on the right road or not."

The Rabobank rider says at the same point in 2005, his form was perhaps a little hotter. However he says he is not worried, having time to sharpen up before the Tour hits the big mountains.

"I am probably a little bit behind compared to the same time last year," he states. "But I hope this race will give me the final edge. You still have to keep in mind that the Pyrenees are one month from now, so I have 20 hard race days before then. There is still time for a lot of improvement."

As regards the Tour de Suisse and his targets here, Rasmussen says that the road will decide that for him. " We will see how things go," he stated. "It all depends on how it goes on the stage to Leukerbad on Wednesday, whether or not I go for stages or the general classification. But I will take it day by day and not be too stressed about the results."

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