Rabo not informed of positive tests

28th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

28 September 2007, AMSTERDAM (dpa) - Rabobank was not informed about doping tests allegedly performed on cyclist Michael Rasmussen during the Tour de France by French doping agency AFLD.

28 September 2007

AMSTERDAM (dpa) - Rabobank was not informed about doping tests allegedly performed on cyclist Michael Rasmussen during the Tour de France by French doping agency AFLD.

French press agency RTR reported on Friday Rasmussen tested positive for Dynepo, a drug similar but not equal to EPO.

Dynepo does not fall under the list of drugs prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Formally, Rasmussen has not violated the regulations.

Rabobank spokesman Jan-Willem ter Avest told Deutsche Presse Agentur dpa on Friday: "We have seen the reports in the French magazine L'Equipe about the tests but cannot comment about it."

The Rabobank spokesman added the bank and former sponsor of Rasmussen will not make any further inquiries into the affair.

"For us, the matter is closed," Ter Avest said.

Rabobank fired Rasmussen from the Tour the France in June after the cyclist had won two mountain stages, wearing the leader's yellow jersey for over a week.

Former Rabobank Tour director Theo de Rooij made the decision after the Danish cyclist had allegedly lied about his whereabouts prior to the Tour.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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