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Rasmussen scandal continues

Rasmussen scandal continues
By Eurosport

28/09/2007 at 12:39Updated

Dane Michael Rasmussen returned a non-negative test for banned substance erythropoietin during this year's Tour de France, according to the French Anti-Doping Agency.

"Traces of Dynepo, a biosimilar EPO, were found in Rasmussen's urine," AFLD president Pierre Bordry said. "Rasmussen's test could not be declared positive because of the positivity criteria of the World Anti-Doping Agency."

An EPO test is deemed to be positive is the erythropoietin is obtained chemically but due to the fact Dynepo is made from human cells WADA fear that is could be mistaken with human EPO resulting in the "non-positive" result.

Rasmussen was leading the Tour when he was kicked out of the race after being sacked by the Rabobank team for alleged lying about his whereabouts during training.

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