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GOURETTE, France - Tour de France leader Michael Rasmussen has been removed from the race. Rasmussen's team spokesman tells The Associated Press the Danish rider has been sent home for violating the team's internal rules.
The move is a devastating blow to cycling's premier event which has been rocked by a series of doping scandals.
The 33-year-old Rasmussen won today's stage and appeared set to win the race, which ends Sunday in Paris.
The expulsion was ordered by the Dutch team sponsor and is linked to "incorrect" information that Rasmussen gave to the team's sports director over his whereabouts last month. Rasmussen missed random drug tests May eighth and June 28th.
With Rasmussen out, Spanish rider Alberto Contador would move into the race lead.
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