Rasmussen – contract confusion

Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen, who is making a comeback to cycling after a two-year suspension, allegedly signed a contract with the Italian squad CDC-Cavaliere last week.

Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen, who is making a comeback to cycling after a two-year suspension, allegedly signed a contract with the Italian squad CDC-Cavaliere last week. However,  Rasmussen has denied  that he signed a contract with them causing much controversy.  “It is a mystery to me how this story has evolved,” he said, adding that he is negotiating with a different team.

CDC-Cavaliere lawyer Mirco Piersanti said in a press release Wednesday that there is a valid agreement with Rasmussen.

“We have a contract in which there doesn’t exist any doubts,” said Piersanti.  “It’s a normal workers’ contract, identical to that of the International Cycling Union, a signed original and in front of a witness.”

According to Piersanti, Moreno Nicoletti, Rasmussen’s agent,  said that he was confusion when he signed the contract, thinking that he was signing  a pre-contract, but not a real contract.

Piersanti continued, ” We are angry and hurt. We will do everything to uphold our end, trusting that the rider will use a little common sense, and recognise and fulfill the commitments.”

Rasmussen’s former team Rabobank forced him out of the 2007 Tour de France while in the race leader’s yellow jersey due to him not declaring his whereabouts to the anti-doping authorities leading up to the tour.

His two-year ban for violating anti-doping rules ended on July 25, 2009.

Last month, he won the prologue and finished sixth overall at the Vuelta a Chihuahua in Mexico while racing with team Tecos-Trek.

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