Michael Rasmussen was close to winning the Tour de France 2007 when his team Rabobank decided to take him out of the race. This was a consequence of a press campaign without precedence in the history of sport. When it was leaked to the press that Michael Rasmussen had received warnings from the anti-doping authorities for whereabouts rule violations the media ran with the story as if Rasmussen had been caught doping. The Scapegoat, written by Professor of Sports Studies Verner MAcller, demonstrates that Michael Rasmussen was not expelled from the Tour on sporting grounds. The book is an uncompromising uncovering of a sports system and an anti-doping campaign driven by an ungraceful mix of fair play promotion and business interests.Notwithstanding that team managers had clearly shown interest in signing Rasmussen, McQuaid argued that his misfortunes ... of his age and because he had not publicly shown any sign of remorse for the damage he had done to the sport. ... He even ended his letter with a kind of advice: It is up to you to invest perhaps in some public relations and perhaps invest ... donation (which was alleged to be a payment to the UCI for covering up a positive test for EPOZSG) he might also beanbsp;...
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