Rasmussen hoping for stage win

Michael Rasmussen is racing his second Tour de France. The Rabobank rider ended up 14th overall last year, and showed very aggressive riding on several of the mountains stages, always hoping for a stage win, which never came. This year, he has put the whole of his season's preparation in the Tour, and sure wants to make amends.

"You have to have balls of stone to make into top 10 during the Tour de France, but in a way I think I have shown that it is possible, but still I haven’t won anything in that race," he wrote in his diary at www.feltet.dk/michaelrasmussen, at the same time declining speculations that he might want to go for the Polkadot jersey just like Richard Virenque and Laurent Jalabert before him. "A stage win is my priority. You can spend three weeks chasing a jersey and at the end you’ll perhaps end up second, and then it is not much more worth than toilet paper," he said. "Of course it would be huge, if you could get the mountains jersey, but a stage win gives you a quite different 'here and now' feeling. It is cash on delivery."

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