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Monday is the first rest day...

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dude, did you see that dog get blasted the stage before last?

That carbon fibre wheel just crumbled, and the dog walked away like nothing happend.

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Nothing like a hit and run Dogging!!

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big off day. Vinokourov gets busted for blood doping and team Astrana pulls out of the tour. They had takend over the team points competition in the past two stages.

Soul destroyer race tomorrow in teh Pyrenes.

we'll see who survives.



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Another unnamed rider tested positive...

Let's see who it is...


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Tour Leader Rasmussen Taken Out of Tour De France by Rabobank Team

Jul 25, 6:57 PM (ET)

By JEROME PUGMIRE

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 Overall leader Michael Rasmussen of Denmark, right, is followed by Alberto Contador of Spain and Levi Leipheimer of the U.S., left, as they climb the Aubisque pass during the 16th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Orthez and Aubisque pass, Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Rasmussen won the stage, Leipheimer placed second and Contador finished third. (AP Photo / Bernard Papon, Pool)


GOURETTE, France (AP) -Tour de France leader Michael Rasmussen was removed from the race by his team after winning Wednesday's stage, the biggest blow yet in cycling's doping-tainted premier event.

"Michael Rasmussen has been sent home for violating (the team's) internal rules," Rabobank team spokesman Jacob Bergsma told The Associated Press by phone.

The expulsion, which Bergsma said was ordered by the Dutch team sponsor, was linked to "incorrect" information that Rasmussen gave to the team's sports director over his whereabouts last month. Rasmussen, who also has been suspended from the team, missed random drug tests May 8 and June 28, saying he was in Mexico. But a former rider, Davide Cassani, told Denmark's Danmarks Radio on Wednesday that he had seen Rasmussen in Italy in mid-June.

Bergsma said the team had not decided yet whether its other riders would take the start on Thursday in Pau.

The 33-year-old Danish rider, who's led since July 15, looked set to win the race which ends on Sunday in Paris.

As Rasmussen raced toward what would have been his first Tour victory, Tour officials questioned why he was allowed to take the start on July 7 in London, England.

"We cannot say that Rasmussen cheated, but his flippancy and his lies on his whereabouts had become unbearable," Tour director Christian Prudhomme told the AP.

The leader of cycling's governing body applauded the decision.

"My immediate reaction is, why didn't they do this at the end of June, when they had the same information," Pat McQuaid said. "The team decided to pull him out; that's their prerogative. I can only applaud that. It's a zero-tolerance policy, and it's a lesson for the future."

With Rasmussen out, Spanish rider Alberto Contador of the Discovery Channel team moved into the race lead.

"It's in no way a celebration on our end. It's the third piece of bad news," said Discovery Channel spokesman P.J. Rabice. "It reflects badly on our sport."

In recent days, Tour riders had openly voiced their skepticism about Rasmussen, and fans booed him at the start of Wednesday's stage. Last week, he was kicked off the Danish national team last week for those two missed drug tests.

After the Tour's upbeat start in London, when millions of spectators lined the streets, bad news - nearly all of it related to doping - quickly claimed the spotlight.

German rider Patrick Sinkewitz crashed into a spectator then was revealed to have failed a drug test in training before the race began.

Then on Tuesday, star cyclist Alexandre Vinokourov was sent home after testing positive for a banned blood transfusion, and his team pulled out of the race. Wednesday, it happened again when the Cofidis squad confirmed its rider Cristian Moreni of Italy had failed a doping test, prompted the withdrawal of the entire squad.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the 104-year-old Tour ever had lost its leader in such fashion so close to the finish.

"In the very old history of the Tour de France, I don't know, but the recent past - never," said Tour spokesman Philippe Sudres.
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ok [sign in to see URL] Tour of California (officially released today)

February 17 - Prologue - Palo Alto
February 18 - Stage 1 - Sausalito to Santa Rosa
February 19 - Stage 2 - Santa Rosa to Sacramento
February 20 - Stage 3 - Modesto to San Jose
February 21 - Stage 4 - Seaside to San Luis Obispo
February 22 - Time Trial - Solvang
February 23 - Stage 5 - Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
February 24 - Circuit Race - Pasadena

a few new cities, especially the prologue and circuit race. Probably the same routes as last year for the rest. Should have some more international riders as 2008 is an Olympic year!

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Tour of Cali is HIGHLY recommended if you've never seen it!!!


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caught the race in San jose last year. It was awesom. And cool frebbies! My wife rides a Giant, so she got so cool goodies, but Bianchi doesn't race with the big boys. bummer for me.

the rasmussen booting seems pretty shady. I really don't like cycling's guilt until exonerated mentality. I know the sponors and teams a want to avoid any and all embarrasment, but it's gettting kinda out of hand. Like the riders in the Operation Puerto scandal. None of those guys have come up positive on test, yet they've all basically had their career ruined. It stinks



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Yeah that is a bummer..

Apparently he lied about his [sign in to see URL], just say you're in Italy!!!


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