Michael Rasmussen may still make it to the Olympics in Peking after all according to de Telegraph. Last week the Danish cycling federation went public, announcing that because Rasmussen failed to make himself available for out of competition doping controls, that he would no longer be eligible to represent Denmark for the world championships or the Olympics.
In a new twist to the saga, the Danish Olympic committee has announced that they don’t have the authority to do so and that the current leader of the Tour is still a candidate to represent his country. “We have not discounted Rasmussen” said Niels Nygaard of the Danish Olympic committee, “the Danish cycling federation was too quick to react, and they are not in the position to decide on behalf of us. They have also never discussed with us that they would make this announcement.”
For Rabobank, Rasmussen’s employer, it was news to them on Tuesday but according to their director Theo de Rooij “it is good news.”
This means that for Rasmussen the decision by the cycling federation barely affects him, the course for the world championships in Stuttgart does not suit him. The Dane does want to compete in Peking, but in the mountain bike race, the discipline that he began his cycling career in.