Tour de France leader Michael Rasmussen has defended himself in the row that has followed his missed drug tests.
The Danish Cycling Union dropped the rider after saying he had received warnings from the International Cycling Union and anti-doping authorities.
"I feel this has been blown a little out of proportion," said Rasmussen.
"I can confirm I have no positive doping tests and I have been tested out of competition in June and those tests were negative."
...one has to question the timing of denmark's ban. for instance, can you imagine the united states dropping the yellow jersey-wearing rider from national and world competition while leading the tour de france? because i can't.