No Vuelta for Michael Rasmussen; he'll have a go at dancing instead
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Friday, August 13, 2010

No Vuelta for Michael Rasmussen; he'll have a go at dancing instead

by Jered Gruber at 6:48 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 
Two-time Tour de France mountains classification winner set to take part in popular Danish dancing program

In the much anticipated criterium in Herning, Denmark, Alberto Contador and possible future teammate Michael Rasmussen took to the streets of the Danish town for a 41 lap criterium. After just over 82 minutes, it was Michael Morkov who took the win comfortably over Michael Rasmussen out of a four-up break. Three-time Tour de France winner, Alberto Contador, finished in the field.

It was an interesting sight to see Contador, clad all in yellow, on the wheel of Rasmussen, conversely dressed in black, with a yellow helmet and a yellow Colnago. There have been no further reports providing a closer link for the two at Bjarne Riis's team, but the latest developments in the Austrian doping ring case, with Bernhard Kohl and his manager, Matschiner, at the heart of it, look like it could pull Rasmussen back into the doping vortex from years past.

Even with the Austrian cloud hanging quietly over his head, Rasmussen had hoped to take part in the upcoming Vuelta, but nothing was able to go through in time for an August 28th appearance in Sevilla. However, the two-time polka dot jersey winner at the Tour de France is still holding out hope for his ticket to the ProTour, and in the meantime, looks set to take part in Danish TV2's popular dancing program, "Vild med Dans."

"The dancing program is indeed very far away from everything else that I'm dealing with, but when I took a closer look at it, I realized that it fit perfectly into my calendar. While I am not afraid to accept a challenge, my wife says that I cannot dance. I am sure that a lot of work, concentration, and stubbornness can compensate for my lack of talent, because I am certainly not Fred Astaire."

Feltet.dk reports that this is not the first cyclist to participate in the popular Danish dancing program. Former professional and rider who had his bike famously run over by a commissaire's car on the Koppenberg, Jesper Skibby, participated in the first year's competition, and even though he was consistently awarded the low marks by judges, found himself to the latter part of the game before being voted out as the fourth from last participant.

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