The Chicken finds a new roost: Rasmussen says he’s found a European team

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Oct. 27, 2009
  • Updated Aug. 16, 2010 at 6:03 PM EDT

By Andrew Hood

Rasmussen says he’ll announce his new team later this fall.

Photo: Graham Watson

Michael Rasmussen is heading back to a European-based team.

That’s according to Rasmussen, 35, who confirmed to the Danish newspaper Politiken that he’s poised to announce his return to a European team.

“I won’t say which team it is until everything is settled. I expect it to be before the Oct. 31 deadline set by the UCI,” Rasmussen told the Danish daily. “By February, I hope to line up for the Ruta del Sol.”

Rasmussen — who was removed from the 2007 Tour de France just four days short of victory over inconsistencies in his pre-Tour whereabouts — admitted that his two-year ban has hit him in the pocket book.

“I won’t be making the money I was on before my ban,” he said. “But I won’t be starting from scratch, either.”

Efforts to return to the peloton following the conclusion of his ban this summer faltered. Though he was reportedly close to finding a team to race in time for the Vuelta a España, officials imposed time limit rules that kept him out of the Spanish tour.

He eventually raced for a team based in Mexico and won the Vuelta a Puebla with the Tecos-Trek team and finished sixth overall at the Vuelta a Chihuahua.

Rasmussen was the center of a media storm concerning questions about his whereabouts and his availability for out-of-competition tests in the weeks leading up to the start of the 2007 Tour.

Although he never failed a doping control, Rasmussen was later banned for two years by the Monaco cycling federation (where Rasmussen held a license) for missing out-of-competition controls. That ban ended in July.


Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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