Hit or miss... Tour de farce

As one of the Tour de France pre-race favourites, Michael Rasmussen was known to have missed two random drug tests before the event. Wearing the leader's yellow jersey, the Dane was ousted for lying about his whereabouts during the out-of-competition testing. With tour sponsors the International Cycling Union, and the press, asking why he had ever started the race, 'Le Tour' was mired in another drugs scandal (three more riders were later dismissed). With a history of bad press in this area, it hardly needed more.

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