Report: Rasmussen tested positive for EPO substitute

PARIS -- Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen, kicked out of the
Tour de France by his team, had traces of a blood-boosting
substance in his system when tested during the race, the French
sports daily L'Equipe reported Friday.

The French lab conducting the tests sent a letter to cycling's
world governing body noting Rasmussen's samples showed signs of
Dynepo, an EPO-like substance made from human cells, L'Equipe said.

Rasmussen was pulled out of the Tour by his Dutch team Rabobank
for allegedly lying about his whereabouts to avoid
out-of-competition doping tests before the Tour. He was leading the
Tour when he was expelled.

"If the information [in L'Equipe] is correct, the case will be
passed on to UCI," Jens Evald, chairman of Anti-Doping Denmark,
said in a TV interview.

There was no immediate comment from the UCI.

Rabobank manager Henri van der Aat said the team would look into
the new allegations.