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Michael Rasmussen Press Conference
 
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Date: 11/7/2007
Michael Rasmussen Press Conference
 

Michael Rasmussen Press Conference
I was in Italy - Rabobank knew. Rasmussen apologizes to the public and UCI. “My greatest wish right now is to ensure clarity about this matter and be able to return to professional cycling.”

Michael Rasmussen was in Italy - Rabobank knew it all along
Michael Rasmussen now chooses to step forward and describe the circumstances that led Rabobank to exclude him from the Tour de France.

Michael Rasmussen has not stepped forward until now out of respect for the Rabobank’s investigation. He had been promised an opportunity to examine the report before it was made public. Michael Rasmussen learned through the media that the report will be presented this coming Monday. He has not been informed personally about this. And he has not yet seen the report. For that reason Michael Rasmussen now finds it necessary to step forward and account for the affair.

“First of all I would like to clearly state that I was not in Mexico in June. I have therefore misinformed both the UCI and the public. It is however important for me to stress that at no point did I lie to the team Rabobank,” says Michael Rasmussen.

“I would like to apologize to both the public and the UCI for giving out false information. I did this for personal and marital reasons alone and in consideration of my family I will not elaborate further on this matter. I ask the press to kindly respect this - today and in future,” says Michael Rasmussen.


From the highest of positions to the lowest in a day. After the victory on Rasmussen's victory on stage 16 on the Col d'Aubisque. That night he was removed from the race and fired by his team. Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Did not lie to Rabobank
Michael Rasmussen has informed Rabobank’s commission of investigation of the details of this matter and will likewise inform the UCI in an already scheduled meeting. Michael emphasized that he never misinformed Rabobank. It is therefore completely untrue when during Tour de France the team stated that they excluded him from the race because he had lied about his stay in Mexico.

Team Rabobank has known the truth all along – they knew that Michael Rasmussen was not in Mexico. For one, they knew this because Michael Rasmussen had a meeting with Rabobank’s Chief Sporting Director, Erik Breunink in Italy on June 7 where they discussed the preparations for Tour de France and the Tour in general.

In the period of June 4 - 19 Michael Rasmussen stayed in Italy where on June 13 he did meet the journalist from RAI, Davide Cassani. Following this Michael Rasmussen trained in the Alps from June 20 - 23. And on June 25, in accordance with Rabobank plans, he went from Verona to the Pyrenees on tickets ordered by Rabobank. Here Michael Rasmussen practiced mountain stages and the Albi time trial. In the Pyrenees, Dennis Menchow participated in some of the practice and a Rabobank soigneur was present at all times.

“It is therefore completely absurd that Rabobank took me out of Tour de France claiming that I had misled them. You cannot mislead people who have known the truth all along,” said Rasmussen.

Michael Rasmussen has provided Rabobank’s commission of investigation with all information about his whereabouts. And he will give the exact same information to the UCI together with documentation, which proves that he actually stayed in these places.

In order to steer clear of speculations concerning what went on in Italy and whether he has complied with the doping regulations Michael Rasmussen presents his so called ‘biological passport’ in terms of tests from the previous 3 years. All the values show normal variations which should give absolutely no cause for suspicion about manipulation. These values are of course known by the UCI.

“In this connection I would like to stress that I have violated the whereabouts regulations but I have never missed a doping control performed by the UCI. From this point on I will obey all UCI rules and I am still available for control. Thus, I can also tell you that after the Tour de France I have had two further out of competition tests from the UCI with no remarks,” said Michael Rasmussen.

“My greatest wish right now is to ensure clarity about this matter and be able to return to professional cycling,”

Michael Rasmussen’s ’Biological pass’

Date

Test taken

Hematocrit

Haemoglobin

16.03.2005

Peschiera

41,0

13,9

18.04.2005

Abano Terme

40,9

13,7

20.04.2005

Fleche Wallone

42,4

14,2

05.05.2005

Giro d’Italia

40,4

13,5

11.05.2005

Giro d’Italia

39,8

13,6

30.06.2005

Tour de France

39,8

14,0

11.07.2005

TdF

39,8

13,9

23.07.2005

TdF

39,2

13,5

04.05.2006

Giro d’Italia

38,8

12,9

18.05.2006

Giro

39,0

13,8

07.06.2006

Peschiera

42,8

13,9

27.06.2006

Peschiera

43,7

13,9

29.06.2006

Tour de France

40,4

13,7

11.07.2006

TdF

40,5

13,6

22.07.2006

TdF

38,1

12,3

24.08.2006

Vuelta

39,1

12,8

13.09.2006

Vuelta

36,6

12,8

21.11.2006

Abano

38,8

13,4

30.12.2006

Bussolengo

43,7

14,3

18.04.2007

Peschiera

38,7

12,8

05.07.2007

Tour de France

40,3

13,3

17.07.2007

TdF

43,1

14,2

24.07.2007

TdF

43,9

14,4

16.10.2007

Peschiera

40,4

13,7

 Source: UCI and various laboratories and hospitals

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