Rasmussen hasn't given up on KoM jersey

Even though he faces the prospect of doing more work for Rabobank team leader Denis Menchov, last ye

Even though he faces the prospect of doing more work for Rabobank team leader Denis Menchov, last ye

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Though he's known as an individualist, Michael Rasmussen yesterday showed that he can be a very loyal team helper, when he worked his bony backside off for team captain Denis Menchov on the stage to Pla de Beret, writes Susanne Horsdal.

"It felt really good when further down the mountain I heard of Menchov's victory. It's what makes it satisfying to do good preliminary work," Rasmussen told Danish newspaper Berlingske. That work meant losing a major opportunity to gain points for the King of the Mountains competition he of course won last yearm but the Rabobank rider, who came to the Tour with the aim of defending the polka dot jersey, hasn't yet given up on the idea.

"I'm convinced that there'll be opportunities. Unless Menchov takes the yellow jersey I'll have the chance to do something in the Alps and maybe through that score points for the KoM jersey. But it's obvious that if we get the yellow jersey I'll be riding to defend it. I don't get paid just to ride for a KoM jersey," says Rasmussen.

But he admits it was hard to keep himself in check on Thursday's stage. "I had to hit myself 10 times on the head not to attack on the Tourmalet," says the Dane, who finished yesterday's stage more than 11 minutes behind Menchov and only scored 39 points in the polka-dot competition.

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