Rasmussen Expected To Confess To Doping

Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen is expected to make a confession on Thursday that he made use of performance enhancing drugs in what would be the latest doping scandal in the sport since the admission of disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong in January when the cycling champion admitted to making use of anabolic steroids, cortisone, EPO, and other banned drugs to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles.

Rasmussen will will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. local time and the anti-doping agency of Denmark has scheduled its own news conference later in the afternoon. It is believed that the 38-year-old Rasmussen will come clean about “extensive doping” during his career. The Danish cyclist led the 2007 Tour de France before he was kicked out for lying about his whereabouts when he missed pre-race doping tests and suspended from the Danish national cycling team at UCI World Championships and Olympic Games. He later on admitted that he had lied and was given a ban of two years from cycling but has insisted till now that he didn’t break any rules and never tested positive for any drugs.

The Danish professional road bicycle racer who rides for the Danish team Christina Watches-Onfone specializes in climbing and is well known for his care for detail when considering weights. He started his career as a mountain biker and went on to win the Mountain Bike World Championships in 1999 before he became a stagiaire with the professional cycling team CSC-Tiscali in 2001. In 2002, he was able to secure a contract of one year and switched from CSC-Tiscali to Rabobank in 2003 after a string of good results in August and September.

According to a multiple sourced VeloNews article, mountain bike racer Whitney Richards accused Rasmussen of trying to get him to transport a box of his favorite cycling shoes to his Italian training base that turned out to include packets of Hemopure, a bovine-hemoglobin-based blood substitute. Richards claimed he destroyed it and that made Rasmussen angry. The incident was also described in the epilogue of journalist David Walsh’s recent book From Lance to Landis. After the expiry of his suspension on July 25, 2009, Rasmussen took part in the Designa Grand Prix in Kjellerup, Denmark two days later, and finished in second place and then signed the next season for the Italian Continental ranked team, Miche Silver Cross. Rasmussen and Christina Design owner Christina Hembo presented their new team Christina Watches-Onfone on December 9, 2010 and announced the goal to become a UCI Pro Tour team in 2016 after they had received a UCI Continental license.

The biggest doping scandal in cycling from Denmark came when Bjarne Riis, now the owner and manager of Team Saxo-Tinkoff, revealed in 2007 that he had used EPO, a mix of growth hormones and cortisone, to win the Tour in 1996.

Earlier this week, Luxembourg cyclist Frank Schleck was suspended by anti-doping authorities until July 14 after he tested positive for a banned substance during last year’s Tour de France.

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