After ejecting Michael Rasmussen out of its Tour de France roster while he was wearing the Maillot Jaune, Dutch team Rabobank had announced a full internal investigation of the whereabouts of the rider in June, reason for which the Dane could not pursue on the road to a possible final Tour de France victory. Now, three months later, the report has arrived at a Rabobank consulting council and is expected to be published by mid-November.
"I won't say anything until the report is public," said Rasmussen to Dutch media as he was in the Netherlands last week to appear at the Bike Motion trade show in Utrecht, as well as his team-mate Michael Boogerd's farewell party in Valkenburg on Sunday evening. "I understand that Peter Vogelzang [chairman of the commission - ed.] is still on vacation, which is why we must wait. Of course the tension rises because of this. I don't know what will come out of it, either, as this matter is not in my hands."
Meanwhile, the 33 year-old Dane enjoyed his promotional work at the trade show, responding to a huge fan crowd wanting to take pictures and autographs. "It does me good that there were so many people," said Rasmussen, who maintains that the Tour de France overall victory was stolen from him. He was also happy to attend Boogerd's farewell party. "It was very nice to see everyone again, especially on such a unique occasion," he added.