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Old 07-25-07, 05:19 PM
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Rasmussen Out!!!

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Old 07-25-07, 05:31 PM
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Well I have to give it to Rabobank, they put ethics and rules ahead of glory. I really don't care much for Michael Rasumssen but I really do feel sorry for him. He had this race in the bag and now.....
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Old 07-25-07, 05:40 PM
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Well...at least the dopers are getting caught and punished. It looks bad for the sport, but I think the science is catching up with the cheaters...and I would guess that eventually things are going to get better for the sport. The racing was exciting in the days before EPO(Lemond, Merckx, Anquetil, Hinault) and it will be just as exciting after EPO is removed from the sport entirely. The science will surely win out in the end.
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
Well I have to give it to Rabobank, they put ethics and rules ahead of glory. I really don't care much for Michael Rasumssen but I really do feel sorry for him. He had this race in the bag and now.....
Ramussen is the biggest idiot I've ever seen in pro bike racing. All that waving at the friggin camera bikes. F him. Good riddance.

Actually, I wish I could meet that skinny weasel on a sandy beach so I could kick sand in his doper face.

It would appear L. Leipheimer just climbed on to the Tour de France podium. I'm sure he'll take it. Levi certainly has earned it. And I think that's one rider who's clean.
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Old 07-25-07, 05:59 PM
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F'in depressing
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Old 07-25-07, 06:00 PM
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This is pretty much what I expected. Contador is next, I'm sure. I'd like to think the highest of him, but he's too young to be riding like this in his first Tour, keeping up with a doped Rasmussen. If I'm wrong, then he really will be a superstar. I hope I'm wrong.
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Old 07-25-07, 06:07 PM
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I say Contador makes it through unscathed. But that's just cause I got man-love for him. He won't let me down with 3 days to go. I'm not convinced he can hold of Cadel in the TT anyway.

To keep this a non-TDF post, I'm impressed that Rabobank is taking a serious pro-active approach to this. It's getting harder and harder for the dopers to "just do it" and squeeze through and you would have to think that the "Russian roulette" approach will start to disappear.
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Old 07-25-07, 06:15 PM
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Tsk, tsk. You'd think a blue star would put this in the TdF forum.

But I'll let it go this time because it's another good excuse to look at your bike pics, Rad.
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Old 07-25-07, 06:26 PM
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FWIW I was never suspicious of Ras until the last TT.

It seems pretty clear that the hallmark of monkey-business is back-to-back consistant high performances on mountain stages.
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Old 07-25-07, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
This is pretty much what I expected. Contador is next, I'm sure. I'd like to think the highest of him, but he's too young to be riding like this in his first Tour, keeping up with a doped Rasmussen. If I'm wrong, then he really will be a superstar. I hope I'm wrong.
the point is- he DIDNT keep up with the Chicken. he was dropped today. he is human... and he hurt today.

one pattern that is emerging- is that ANY time you see a super human effort- it probably is.

Vino beating the entire field (including dedicated and phenomenal TT- specific riders) by MINUTES!

Today- the entire professional peloton destroyed... Levi was limping it in... Contador was dropped.... and Raz just stands up and runs away?!

Floyd last year... was he just having a realy good day? drank to much JD the night before?


no- the tale of the Superman is the stuff of childrens dreams. i put more faith in three guys crawling toward the line... than one "superstar" winning by a mile.

and all these "holes" in the roster this year- i think is a great thing. nothing better to stop the enemy than to hang their caught comrades' heads on the town wall.
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Old 07-25-07, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio View Post
Tsk, tsk. You'd think a blue star would put this in the TdF forum.

But I'll let it go this time because it's another good excuse to look at your bike pics, Rad.
old news it's been there since it happened earlier today...
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Old 07-25-07, 06:44 PM
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Very ballsy of Rabobank. I like it.

It's interesting how cycling has grown and attracted some sizeable sponsors like T-Mobile and Rabobank that these same sponsors cannot afford to be associated with the doping taint. So they proactively sack guys for just dodging doping controls.

If Billy Bob's BBQ were your average ProTour team sponsor, we might not get this kind of action. (Billy Bob has a lot of dry, chewy spare ribs to peddle).
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Old 07-25-07, 06:45 PM
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I for one always took some comfort in the fact that the Pros doped. The unbelievable difference between their performance and mine was always explained away by the "dope". If Pro cycling ever became clean then I would have to face up to the fact that I suck and always have sucked on an absolute scale.
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Old 07-25-07, 06:54 PM
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I for one always took some comfort in the fact that the Pros doped. The unbelievable difference between their performance and mine was always explained away by the "dope". If Pro cycling ever became clean then I would have to face up to the fact that I suck and always have sucked on an absolute scale.
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Old 07-25-07, 06:55 PM
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In some of the other threads on the subject it says MR got pulled because he failed to show up for some tests. But that was a while ago, no? Why did they even let him ride the tour in that case? Why did they wait until now? Or does the team know something about him that we don't know yet?
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Old 07-25-07, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Snicklefritz View Post
In some of the other threads on the subject it says MR got pulled because he failed to show up for some tests. But that was a while ago, no? Why did they even let him ride the tour in that case? Why did they wait until now? Or does the team know something about him that we don't know yet?
Read between the lines. There's something shocking Rabobank knows that we don't. I'm SURE that's the case here.

Like maybe they found EPO in Rassy's luggage. Something, and it's ugly.
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Old 07-25-07, 07:27 PM
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I gotta say, I'm very disappointed.


In botto. It's been seventeen posts with no directive from him to move this to the TdF forum.
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I figured it was the blue-star, or just that it's Rad (who's been around here a long time and deserves a little respect).
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updated story on cyclingnews is that they confronted him with evidence that he lied about his whereabouts in June, which was not the cause of his earlier warnings. Said he was in Mexico, another rider spotted him in Italy. When confronted by team management, he admitted it, they sacked him.
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I checked the racing and road forums with no mention - so I posted. I forgot to check the TdF forum.

Now be nice or I'll "put it in to the corn field..."
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Originally Posted by runtimmyc View Post
F'in depressing
No kidding!

I'm watching DVR'd WSBK races i recorded yesterday instead of tonights tour coverage. I listend to the live Eurosport feed earlier and now that i know what happened after, it's not that interesting anymore. I just dont give rats arse for the rest of the Tour. Maybe Levi will do the TT of his life on Saturday, but i doubt it. Go ahead and give the Jersey to Evans and call it a tour.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Read between the lines. There's something shocking Rabobank knows that we don't. I'm SURE that's the case here.

Like maybe they found EPO in Rassy's luggage. Something, and it's ugly.
+1.
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is rabobank dropping rasmussen?
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Yep -- he's fired.
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Didn't they all sign a statement stating they weren't using and if caught would belly up a years salary as a fine if caught? That's gotta hurt.
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