I just found out about it 2 hours ago and was completely shocked! This, I believe, is unprecedented. I still think the Tour will go on, though, just because they're not willing to admit defeat.
My big question now is, "Will Contador wear the Yellow Jersey tomorrow?" If I had to guess, I would say no. Rasmussen handily beat him and Leipheimer this morning and if I were Contador, I would wait at least a day before putting that on myself. It will be interesting to see, though. The Tour officials might actually insist and give him no choice. They've been known to do that before.
As far as the wider implications, I think this sends a very clear
signal to all riders out there. Even if you're the Maillot Jaune, if you have any hint of deception or violations, you're going to get nailed. Personally, I'm good with that. If what they're saying about Rasmussen
is true (that instead of being in Mexico with his wife when he missed his drug tests, he was in Italy with an as yet unnamed doctor), then chances are he's probably dirty. The evidence has yet to come out, but his team found out for sure today that he had been lying to them. That's what prompted them to pull him out and even go so far as to fire him from the team
! Where there's smoke, there's usually fire. Not always, but it would take an iron-clad explanation to believe otherwise, and so far that's not been forthcoming.
What a mess, though. Especially after last year's jaleo
(a Spanish word meaning mess, screwup, catastrophe and more). You'd think the riders would have learned.