In a press relase of sponsor Rabobank, the bank stated that: "The Committee is convinced that Rasmussen should
not have been permitted to start in the Tour de France based on the information that was known to the Board of Directors of
Rabo Cycling Teams. The Committee concludes that the Board of Directors of Rabo Cycling Teams in general and its Chairman
Theo de Rooij in particular did not adequately assess the importance of multiple signs concerning Rasmussen’s conduct
prior to the Tour '07. The Board of Directors also failed to inform the Supervisory Board of Rabo Cycling Teams promptly and
comprehensively. The Board of Directors hence endangered the reputation of both Rabo Cycling Teams and Rabobank. The Committee
has not, however, till now been presented with any evidence that would suggest unethical conduct or a lack of integrity on
the part of the cycling team’s Board of Directors or medical supervision staff."
The Committee is of the opinion that the International Cycling Union (UCI) failed to act with sufficient unambiguousness,
vigorousness and credibility. In the report the commission says about the enforcement of rules: " The UCI does
not apply its own sanction measures and as a result it loses its credibility." In the press release of sponsor Rabobank,
the bank stated that: "The UCI must attain a higher level of professionalism with regard to the formulation,
enforcement and monitoring of its own doping regulations." The press release continued with: "It is also crucial to find a
system of availability that constitutes less of an invasion of privacy from the viewpoint of riders. The UCI and the national
federations should also form one unified front in order to prevent incidents of legal inequality."
The pressrelease concluded with: "In closing, the Committee finds that the process of gathering, processing
and verifying the whereabouts information within Rabo Cycling Teams must be improved. Verification of the whereabouts information
by the Board of Directors should form a standard part of a transparent culture within Rabo Cycling Teams."
In a second press release sponsor Rabobank agreed with the main points
of the Vogelzang report: "The report is critical and extremely thorough. It clearly states that the Board of Directors of
Rabo Cycling Teams rightly decided to remove Rasmussen from the Tour de France," says Piet van Schijndel, member of the Executive
Board of Rabobank responsible for the cycling sponsorship. He concurs with the main points of the conclusions and recommendations
of the Vogelzang committee of inquiry.
In connection with the report, Rabobank has requested the members of the Supervisory Board of Rabo Cycling
Teams to discuss the Vogelzang Committee’s findings with the UCI. Rabobank assumes that the UCI will seriously peruse
and act on the findings and recommendations of the Vogelzang committee. It is imperative that this report not be shelved.
Van Schijndel noted that, "The Vogelzang Committee comments that the Supervisory Board may have insufficiently
supervised the Board of Directors' approach to issues such as reputation and integrity. I would like to point out that the
Supervisory Board operates according to the principle of 'supervision from a distance', which is sometimes also called the
chalk line policy. This means the statutory directors have a large degree of independent responsibility. The Committee also
puts forward that this is an effective and accepted system of governance. This does not, however, detract from the fact that
the Supervisory Directors should heed this comment in order to raise awareness of reputation and integrity issues within the
operations of Rabo Cycling Teams."
The report is critical regarding the actions of the Board of Directors before and during the Tour de France.
Serious errors of judgement were clearly made, primarily by the Chairman of the Board of Directors (Theo De Rooij). When viewed
from this perspective, the Chairman's decision shortly after the Tour to accept responsibility for the consequences ensuing
from the resulting crisis is a respectable one.
The Board of Directors actually knew before the Tour de France that some matters were not being handled properly.
Rabobank agrees with the Vogelzang Committee that the Board of Directors made an error of judgement by not revealing this
information and by not immediately disclosing this information to the Supervisory Board of Rabo Wielerploegen B.V. It is patently
obvious from the information known now that Rasmussen should not have been allowed to start in the Tour de France.
With regard to the next steps to be taken, Van Schijndel concluded: "We have requested the Supervisory Board
to discuss the committee's recommendations with the Board of Directors. The interim manager who was appointed following the
resignation of the Chairman of the Board of Directors has already begun to implement changes to the operations together with
the Board of Directors in anticipation of the publication of this report. The aim is for the Board of Directors to provide
a clear overview of the changes that have been made to the operations as a result of this report by the end of this year.
This will include modifications to matters such as the approach to dealing with whereabouts and changes to the way the medical
supervision is organised."