Canadian cyclist apologizes after doping accusations published in book

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal, facing doping allegations by a fellow rider, says he took "the wrong path" more than than 10 years ago.

Cyclist says Danish team doped at Olympics

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 11 (UPI) -- Former Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen told anti-doping authorities the Danish Olympic team was doping at the 2004 Olympics, a newspaper reported Monday.

Atlantic Eye: The death of honor in sports

VIENNA, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- As a child I was fascinated by sport heroes. There was baseball’s Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron; track and field’s Wilma Rudolph; soccer’s Pele; swimming’s Mark Spitz and the incomparable all-round athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Other athletes also held the mantle high. But today, from U.S. baseball to international biking -- and even tennis -- greed, dishonor and arrogance are the new credo.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Spain's Contador is Tour de France champ

PARIS, July 29 (UPI) -- Alberto Contador of Spain played it safe Sunday and rolled to the 2007 Tour de France championship.

Contador leads Tour into final day

ANGOULME, France, July 28 (UPI) -- Alberto Contador of Spain will wear the yellow jersey in Sunday's Tour de France finale, though American Levi Leipheimer took the 19th stage Saturday.

Contador takes over lead at Tour de France

CASTELSARRASIN, France, July 26 (UPI) -- Daniele Bennati claimed the Tour de France's 17th stage Thursday and Alberto Contador took over as the overall leader in cycling's most prestigious event.

Third doping scandal hits Tour de France

PARIS, July 25 (UPI) -- Denmark's Michael Rasmussen Wednesday was sent home because of a doping allegation, after winning Stage 16 of the Tour de France earlier in the day.

Rasmussen takes stage, extends lead

GOURETTE-COL D'AUBISQUE, France, July 25 (UPI) -- Michael Rasmussen extended his overall Tour de France lead to 3 minutes, 10 seconds by winning Wednesday's five-climb stage in the Pyrenees.

Tour stage winner accused of doping

PAU, France, July 24 (UPI) -- Alexandre Vinokourov, who won two stages of the Tour de France, was accused of doping Tuesday and his team has withdrawn from the remainder of the race.

Vinokourov takes second Tour stage

LOUDENVIELLE-LE LOURON, France, July 23 (UPI) -- Alexander Vinokourov Monday captured his second Tour de France stage victory in four days but Michael Rasmussen remained the overall race leader.

Contador takes Tour's Stage 14

PLATEAU-DE-BEILLE, France, July 22 (UPI) -- Michael Rasmussen of Denmark came in a close second in Sunday's 14th stage of the Tour de France, retaining the yellow jersey as the overall leader.

Rasmussen keeps yellow jersey

ALBI, France, July 21 (UPI) -- Michael Rasmussen of Denmark kept the yellow jersey as overall leader in the Tour de France but Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan won Stage 13 Saturday.

Boonen sprint takes Tour de France stage

CASTRES, France, July 20 (UPI) -- Tom Boonen won a sprint to the tape Friday and collected the victory at Stage 12 of the Tour de France and Michael Rasmussen retained the overall race lead. Boonen, who also won last Friday's Tour de France Stage 6, completed the 111.5-mile route from Mon

Rasmussen keeps 2 1/2-minute tour lead

MONTPELLIER, France, July 19 (UPI) -- Robert Hunter collected his first Tour de France stage victory Thursday and Michael Rasmussen retained his 2 1/2-minute overall lead.

Vasseur takes Tour de France Stage 10

MARSEILLE, France, July 18 (UPI) -- Cedric Vasseur won Wednesday's 10th stage of the Tour de France and Michael Rasmussen finished in group that allowed him to retain his overall lead.
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Michael Rasmussen (born 1 June 1974 in Tølløse) is a Danish professional road bicycle racer who last rode for the Dutch team Rabobank. Specializing in climbing, Rasmussen has shown a propensity for attempting spectacular wins in mountain stages in which he breaks away from the peloton early and rides alone for most of the stage.

Michael Rasmussen is known for his care for detail when considering weight. He is known for peeling off unnecessary stickers from his bike, not wearing the Livestrong wristband which has become common among many Tour de France riders, due to the additional grams. He only carries one water bottle holder and his Colnago Extreme-C bike weighed 6.81 kg, only 10 g more than the minimum limit.

His nickname in Danish is Kyllingen (English: The Chicken), originating from his period as a mountain biker when teammates were watching the Danish children's TV show, Bamses Billedbog, about a bear and a chicken. A large team mechanic was nicknamed Bear, and so Rasmussen was dubbed The Chicken.

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