I've seen the Versus reports of Rasmussen's indiscretions. To hear them tell it, he recently failed to inform the Danish authorities of his whereabouts while visiting relatives in Mexico. Versus makes it sound as if it were a one-time deal and some kind of inadvertent error. They portrayed it as if the Danish authorities were being unduly picky. Rasmussen obviously wants to leave the same impression.
Have you read the published reports in the press? This isn't a one-time deal. It is a FOUR-time deal. It is something Rasmussen has been consistently doing for a couple of years. They've told him that they consider testing during training to be MORE significant than testing during competition -- but he keeps doing this. He has apparently played the game out to the maximum grace periods, making it appear to be anything BUT inadvertent. Very systematic. And the rule, from the beginning, was that, if you avoid testing three or more times (as he has done) it is considered a positive test. (Just as refusing a DUI test is considered a positive test.) One has to ask -- if the limit is THREE avoidances, why didn't they act until he did it FOUR times?
On the side of the published reports is all the documentation of the history. Also on the side of the published reports is that Rasmussen is selling a story that is demonstrably false.
Given the desperate need for the Tour to portray a positive image, why is he still permitted to ride in the Tour?