Rasmussen & Rabobank go public

Michael Rasmussen is expected to tell his side of the story this afternoon at a press conference near Copenhagen, Denmark. This is in response to a press conference called by Rabobank for Monday, November 12, at which it will release an internal report on the Dane's removal from the Tour de France and firing from the team.

According to Rasmussen's press release, he will discuss "the circumstances of his suspension from this year's Tour de France." The Dane told the dpa agency, "I don't know anything about the contents of the report and I don't expect to know more tomorrow, when I will tell my version of the story."

Rasmussen was removed from the Tour after the 16th stage and subsequently fired by his team. Rabobank claimed that he had lied about his whereabouts in the time period before the Tour, and had missed several out-of-competition doping controls.

The Dutch team announced earlier this week that Peter Vogelzang would present his report over the Rasmussen affair at a press conference Monday in Utrecht, Holland. The Council of the Governing Board of sponsor Rabobank in August asked Vogelzang, former Utrecht chief of police and head of the 2004 Dutch Olympic team, to investigate the circumstances leading up to the firing.

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