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More Drama At The Tour.

Just when you think it is as bad as it can get… It gets worse.

Three days ago cycling hit another all time low. The Danish tour leader Rasmussen, was thrown off his team and the race, by his own team. The decision was made after it was discovered that he lied about his whereabouts earlier this year. The sport of cycling runs random drug tests throughout the year and leading up to the Tour de France. Rasmussen missed two such tests on May 8 and June 28. He claimed that he was in Mexico with his wife, when in fact he was training in Italy. Was he trying to avoid being testing because of doping? We may never know. Reports that the Danish national team suspended him surfaced earlier in the race, but seemingly as soon as the story was fully understood, Team Rabobank acted as well. The whole story is another shock to the sport of cycling. But the tour rolls on…

The action has made it a very interesting race for Team Discovery. They now have two riders that could win the tour and definitely will end up on the podium; veteran and team leader Leipheimer and the young Contador

The Tour Rolls On..

It’s that time of year again, the Tour de France is in full swing! The end of today’s racing will complete the first week. It’s been a rough first week too. My picks are in a bit of trouble after crashes yesterday. Andreas Kloeden and Alexandre Vinokourov are looking pretty rough today.

The Team Discovery Channel (previously USPostal) boys are looking ok still although they did lose one of their riders, Tomas Vaitkus, to a crash in stage 3. Yesterday big George Hincapie took…strangely is reporting 5th and is reporting 6th. Their GC man, Levi Leipheimer has been off the radar so far, but is expected to emerge in the mountains. The first real day in the mountains is tomorrow.

Team CSC still have their man the Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara in yellow after he had a phenomenal time trial in the prologue.