Rasmussen still hoping for come-back

Michael Rasmussen, who was taken out of the Tour de France last year because of his unclear whereabouts prior to the event and is currently suspended and without a team, still hopes to return to racing this year. The 33 year-old Dane, who was wearing the Yellow Jersey at the Tour when the scandal broke, was a spectator at the finish of yesterday's stage two of the Giro del Trentino, won by Stefano Garzelli.

"I'm waiting for the Monaco cycling federation to hear my version of the facts, but nothing happens," Rasmussen said to Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday, insisting that he had been sacked by his former Rabobank team "without proper reason. I cannot – and I don't want to race before my situation is cleared up. I continue training, and I am convinced that I will be able to fight for victory again in a month's time.""

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