As the Tour De France lurches from crisis to crisis its long term viability has come into question as sponsors seek to distance themselves from doping scandals that bedevil the Tour. Professional cycling has reached a watershed. Has the time come to discontinue the Tour?
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Just a day after star Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for a banned blood transfusion, the Tour also lost the man who most believed would be wearing the yellow jersey down the Champs-Elysee. "Michael Rasmussen has been sent home for violating (the team's) internal rules," Rabobank spokesman Jacob Bergsma told The Associated Press by phone. Read the full story here.