Rasmussen gets into gear

Danish rider Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) started his season with the five day Vuelta a Murcia between March 2-6. He started without any ambitions at all regarding the general classification, since he is directing all his energy for his big goal of the year, the Tour de France. Thus, he gained some valuable competition kilometres in Spain.

"The stages of Murcia are relatively short, so if you are not training extra, eight days might easily pass with only four hours training each day," he said on his website, www.feltet.dk/michaelrasmussen. "That could be a trap to fall into. I have nothing waiting just around the corner, and therefore I do not need to push myself.

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