<p>Michael Rasmussen (born 1 June 1974 in Tølløse) is a Danish professional road bicycle racer who rides for the Italian team Miche Silver Cross. In the 2007 Tour de France, Rasmussen, while in the yellow jersey, had his contract terminated by the Rabobank team and was removed from the Tour. The team cited internal code violations. He served a two-year ban from July 2007 to July 2009, when he returned to the sport.
Specializing in climbing, Rasmussen has shown a propensity for attempting spectacular wins in mountain stages in which he breaks away from the peloton early and rides alone for most of the stage.
Michael Rasmussen is known for his care for detail when considering weight. He is known for peeling off unnecessary stickers from his bike, not wearing the Livestrong wristband which has become common among many Tour de France riders, due to the additional grams. He used to count each grain of rice before eating and had water with his breakfast cereal, not milk. He only carries one water bottle holder and his Colnago Extreme-C bike weighed 6.81 kg, only 10 g more than the minimum limit.
His nickname in Danish is Kyllingen (English: The Chicken), originating from his period as a</p>