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Rasmussen leaves media, officials scratching their heads

Updated: July 20, 2007, 7:39 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

CASTRES, France -- A fistfight nearly broke out around the Rabobank team bus Friday morning as reporters jostled to hear what the Tour de France's overall leader had to say.

Moments later, police formed a human chain around Danish rider Michael Rasmussen as he slowly, stoically pedaled along underneath the stately trees in the central plaza on his way to the official sign-in ceremony in the southern French city of Montpellier, pursued by a small mob of media.

And that was just ...

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