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Rasmussen admits to 12 years of doping

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Michael Rasmussen.— PHOTO: AP
Michael Rasmussen.— PHOTO: AP

: Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen, who quit the 2007 Tour de France when he was wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey, admitted on Thursday that he had used banned drugs between 1998-2010.

Rasmussen, a renowned climber, who added that he was now retiring from the sport, said he had used the blood-booster EPO, growth hormones, testosterone, insulin and cortisone, as well as receiving blood transfusions.

“I used doping products and methods from 1998 until 2010,” Rasmussen revealed, refusing to name who had collaborated with him.

The Danish sports confederation has opened an investigation and the 38-year-old Rasmussen said he would now work with the competent authorities to “thoroughly clean things up”.

Rasmussen, who won four individual stages on the Tour de France, said he was ready to accept any ban he risked by coming clean, a decision he said had left him a “relieved man” — AFP

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