Rabobank investigates Tour expulsion

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31 July 2007, AMSTERDAM (AP) - Rabobank said Monday it will launch an independent review of the events leading to its decision to expel Michael Rasmussen from its Tour de France team.

31 July 2007

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Rabobank said Monday it will launch an independent review of the events leading to its decision to expel Michael Rasmussen from its Tour de France team.

However, the Dutch bank said it will not withdraw its sponsorship of cycling.

Rasmussen, who was leading the Tour, was expelled just hours after he won Wednesday's 16th stage for missing two random drug tests in May and June. Rabobank said Rasmussen had lied about his whereabouts before the Tour when the Dane said he was in Mexico, at a time when a former rider said he had seen him in Italy.

"We will start an investigation into the complete affair," Rabobank spokesman Rene Loman said. "We want to be sure exactly what happened."

Loman declined to say who Rabobank will ask to look into the affair and when the probe will begin.

Rabobank said its 12-year sponsorship of cycling would continue despite the scandals that rocked its own team and the broader problems with the Tour.

"We will stay in cycling, but we just want to know about this Tour, to check all the facts," said Loman.

[Copyright AP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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