A judge in Utrecht, Netherlands, has announced he would pronounce his verdict on the legal case opposing Michael Rasmussen and his former team Rabobank on Wednesday, July 2. According to Belgian press agency Belga, the trial involving 5.5 million Euro in damages will thus be decided before the start of the next Tour de France.
In last year's Tour, the Dane was excluded from the race by his own team for having lied about his whereabouts prior to the event. Rasmussen admitted having misled the UCI, signaling a stay in Mexico while he was actually in Italy, but said that Rabobank's team management perfectly knew of his whereabouts. The rider, who is hoping for a come-back soon, claims his dismissal of the team was not valid. The 5.5 million Euro damages would cover not only his contract but also bonuses and other income he would have received as Tour de France winner.