Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
watch listen BBC Sport BBC Sport
Low graphics|Help
---------------
CHOOSE A SPORT
RELATED BBC SITES
Last Updated: Thursday, 23 August 2007, 13:37 GMT 14:37 UK
Rasmussen hopeful of fresh start
Michael Rasmussen
Rasmussen could soon be back in the saddle
Michael Rasmussen is in talks about a return to cycling, one month after he was kicked out of the Tour de France.

The Dane was leading the Tour when his Rabobank team sacked him, claiming he lied to them - as well as drug testers - about his pre-race whereabouts.

Rasmussen, 33, denies any intentional wrongdoing and is now in negotiations with Italy's Acqua & Sapone team.

"He wants to finish the season with us," team director Palmiro Masciarelli told The Associated Press.

"He showed me all his papers - the problem is with the Danish (cycling) federation. The confusion surrounding this case is enormous."

Masciarelli added that his team could make a decision regarding Rasmussen by early next week.

The rider was quoted as saying in Thursday's Gazzetta dello Sport: "I'm the victim of a great injustice, and my lawyers are working to take care of me.

"I'm an available rider that can start racing even tomorrow," Rasmussen told the newspaper.

"My goal is to find a team because I would like to have a great Giro di Lombardia."

The Giro di Lombardia, the final single-day classic of the cycling season, is scheduled for 20 October.



SEE ALSO
Where now for cycling?
26 Jul 07 |  Cycling
Rasmussen powers to mountain win
25 Jul 07 |  Cycling
Rasmussen climbs into Tour lead
15 Jul 07 |  Cycling


RELATED BBC LINKS:

RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

BBC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Daily and weekly e-mails | Mobiles | Desktop Tools | News Feeds | Interactive Television | Downloads
Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other sport...

Help | Privacy & Cookies Policy | News sources | About the BBC | Contact us