Rasmussen ready to risk all
Rabobank’s Michael Rasmussen is ready to go on the attack in the next three mountain stages, knowing
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Rabobank directeur sportif Erik Breukink believes that Michael Rasmussen will live up to his promise to attack Lance Armstrong in an audacious bid to win the Tour, even if it means risking a place on the podium in Paris.
Reacting to Rasmussen’s bullish statements since he left the Alps just 38 seconds down on Armstrong on GC, Breukink told procycling that, “That’s Michael’s mentality. He’s someone who wants to risk everything. He wants to attack and doesn’t care if he drops to fifth or sixth on overall classification.
“He still wants to win the mountains jersey but that will come automatically if he stays with Armstrong in the Pyrenees,” Breukink continued. “I also think that if he leaves the Pyrenees in good shape, he can do a great time trial by his standards in Saint-Etienne on the penultimate day. The mountains jersey, if he has it, and his high position on GC will give him huge motivation.
“Usually, looking at the form book, you’d say that he would lose six minutes but I think he can contain his losses in that stage to three. Michael hasn’t done any specific work on his time trialling simply because he doesn’t want to compromise his ability in the mountains. It’s better that he concentrates on his strengths.
“He has been a little bit nervous, perhaps a bit disoriented since he left the Alps in second place. Now it’s mine and the rest of the staff’s job to keep him relaxed. From our point of view fifth or sixth on GC would be a great result. But I know that Michael wouldn’t be happy with that.”