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Michael Rasmussen confesses to 12 years of doping

Cycling News
January 31, 2013, 13:21,
January 31, 2013, 14:21
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, February 1, 2013
A defiant Michael Rasmussen wins at the Col d'Aubisque hours before Rabobank finally excluded him from the 2007 Tour de France.

A defiant Michael Rasmussen wins at the Col d'Aubisque hours before Rabobank finally excluded him from the 2007 Tour de France.

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Rider comes clean and lists doping products

Michael Rasmussen has admitted to using performance enhancing drugs throughout the majority of his professional career. The former Rabobank and CSC rider called a press conference today, admitting that he doped from 1998 until 2010. He has been served with a two-year ban by Anti Doping Denmark after providing "substantial assistance" in the fight against doping.

"I used EPO, growth hormone, testosterone, DHEA, insulin, IGF-1, and cortisone and did blood transfusions," Rasumssen said reading a prepared statement, looking pale and emotional but in control. 

"I've informed the anti-doping authorities of what I specifically used, when and how. My agreement with them is confidential, which means I can't disclose further details at this time. That time may come later."

"When I stand up today, I will be a relieved man. I am glad that I no longer have to sit and lie to you today, as I have done for so many years. From today my cycling career is over. I want to cooperate with the Danish institutions. I know I cheated and I cheated other riders. I'll accept my punishment."

Anti Doping Denmark report that Rasmussen, who was ejected from the 2007 Tour de France while wearing the mailot jaune, for lying about his whereabouts, has offered to cooperate fully with the investigation. Rasmussen has also confessed to using drugs during the 2007 race, in which he passed all anti-doping test.

“In this context, interrogations of Michael Rasmussen have been conducted last week in Amsterdam and this week in Copenhagen,” a press release read.

“The Doping Commission of the NOC of Denmark now opens a doping case against Rasmussen, and the case will be raised before the independent panel (the Doping Tribunal of the NOC) when all conditions are met. Within a few days, Michael Rasmussen will receive a temporary suspension.”

Rasmussen’s confession and cooperation hasn’t just been confined to the Danish authorities, with NOC and Sports Confederation of Denmark), The Netherlands (Doping Autoriteit) and the USA (USADA) and WADA all being consulted.

Having evaluated Rasmussen's statements, it is the opinion of the anti-doping authorities that Rasmussen has offered "substantial assistance" and accordingly the preconditions for a reduced sanction are met. The NOC's Doping Commission therefore intends to prosecute Michael Rasmussen before the Doping Tribunal, requesting a suspension of 8 years, but reduced by three quarters to 2 years, starting on 1 October 2012, i.e. from after Rasmussen participated in his last race.

Rasmussen competed on the cross country mountain bike scene between 1995 and 2001, before joining Bjarne Riis' CSC-Tiscali team in 2002. He won the tough Giro dell'Emilia one-day race in Italy and then raced with Rabobank between 2003 and 2007. He fled the 2007 Tour de France just hours after taking the yellow jersey with victory at the summit of the Col d'Aubisque. He was banned for two years for lying about his UCI Whereabouts status before the Tour de France but made a modest comeback in 2009 and then helped create the Christina Watches team in 2011.


DrBigRing More than 1 year ago
Interesting that Rasmussen makes no claim that he was pressured by Armstrong to dope.
brian meahan More than 1 year ago
they were on different teams mo.
Galmozzi More than 1 year ago
Turns out the "Chicken" has way more guts than Lance. Hey pharmstrong, this is what people expect to hear in an admission "I know I cheated and I cheated other riders. I'll accept my punishment." Not "I looked up cheating in the dictionary...." or "the authorities are treating me unfairly, waa waaa..." Time to man up like the Chicken.
danjo007 More than 1 year ago
oh boy. you have issues.
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
Look within dan ;-)
TShame More than 1 year ago
Soooo obvious. Basically, anyone can win if they get enough good drugs. I just hope there are some clean riders left.
Lord.Bachus More than 1 year ago
Tshame, since everyone got acces to the same drugs, they where all on equall footage, Rasmussen should have won that tour as he was the best that season. And Lance beat others that where also using the same stuff. Its not only cycling, just have a look what happened to the world record on the marathon in the same periode that EPO got introduced in cycling. I think by now we know that it was all around in cycling, its time to investigate some other sports.
nepetalactone More than 1 year ago
Ummm.... Armstrong has been treated differently to the rest of the confirmed dopers out there. I see two similar situations here and two completely different types of treatment. Why shouldn't he point out that he's being used as a scapegoat? Not a Lance fan, but I'm less of a fan in saying he was any worse. Just higher profile.
yossarian42 More than 1 year ago
ummmm, two completely different situations and two different types of treatment. Some riders come clean, detailed how they avoided detection, named names, generally cooperated and helped cycling moved forward. Lance has done none of this. He had his chance with USADA. He was treated the same as any other rider. Why do you think he is being used as a scapegoat? He has been treated exactly the same. Game over Lance.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Some riders came clean? Yossarian42, do you actually know what went on? The riders that you claim came clean were caught with their pants down - Landis and Hamilton and then dobbed in their team mates. These guys then were told by USADA that if they did not admitt to all and also implicate LA that they would receive large bans, however, if they admitted all they would get 6 months (over the winter). USADA should never have been able to make this deal and them and the UCI should not be able to ban LA for life. Way over the top considering the fact that drugs and cycling go back to 1903, a little before LA.
salmoncoyote More than 1 year ago
Galmozzi-Are you one of those crying Italians who think Marco Pantani is a God? Why don't you press your countrymen to come clean and admit what they have done? As a whole, the Italians dope more than any other nation out there. Funny thing, my heritage is Italian but people like you need to be pistol whipped by Smith and Wesson.
Galmozzi More than 1 year ago
Save your sadomasochistic fantasies for your boyfriend Lance .
salmoncoyote More than 1 year ago
I'm having a fantasy about you right now, but probably nothing worse than what you and your mother have already done.
Almon Poole More than 1 year ago
He may tell us that Riis was the one. I think Riis is just as bad as Bruyneel.....
epofuel More than 1 year ago
Yep, and still only the tip of the iceberg. I can´t believe Lance pressured Chicken to dope! I mean, pressuring all of cycling is one thing, but barnyard animals? That is going to far! ADM and Cargill should be totally pissed at Lance stealing their thunder and doping the chicken. I am telling you, this is going to keep going, and either everyone gets let back in, or there will be nobody left in cycling. Lance knows this, and the authorities are going to have an awfully tough time explaining why the Rabobank guys get light bans, but Lance gets life. Tygart might have sealed his own demise. He´ll look silly for calling out Lance, only to find that the problem was as big as Lance said it was in the CN interview. And I will laugh out loud and those on this forum justifying the life ban for Lance. Go chicken! Go Lance! Go Basso!
zecarioca More than 1 year ago
Agree with Epofuel, this is one more out of plenty, they all were happy and quiet when doing well and making money, it was no crying about they force me to dope, basically if you didn't dope you probably couldn't make the cut in any team, Lance lied and bullied people but they all made money and won races, lets all dope and climb faster than SuperMan... Let's wait to see if Hinault, Lemond will ever confess
LaBici More than 1 year ago
Lance was trafficking. his life time man will stand.
Alpe73 More than 1 year ago
I don't think Lance was trafficking between May and August of 2012 (give or take a few weeks) when their was a window of opportunity for a 6 month ban + the right to keep some of his titles).
fantastic_dan More than 1 year ago
Tygart will not look silly - his exposure of Lance got the ball rolling. I think you can credit him with a lot of other dopers coming forward to tell there story.
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
kom_n91 More than 1 year ago
Like I said before... The USADA is like the bad kid throwing stones at the Bee Hive during school recess.
ShawnB More than 1 year ago
Can you read the story again? Two guys, prominent TdF protagonists and major, career-long dopers. EXHIBIT A) Rasmussen cooperated with ADA's with several different nations and other oversight organizations, and WILLINGLY made a substantial contribution to the ongoing investigation(s) of doping in cycling. EXHIBIT B) Lance fought tooth and nail to defame those investigations, to withhold evidence, and to legally injunct any and all proceedings related to his doping. Also, extralegal activities similarly meant to derail such proceedings, such as witness intimidation, tampering, lying under oath (SCA), and other RICO-level coverup activities. How, I say how, do you pretend to not see the unbelieveable difference? THAT is why there are differences in the penalties received, and you know it. Just stop. This is happening, and Lance cooked his own goose. Game over.
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
Some struggle with comprehension Shawn. You've put it well, those that don't see don't want to see.
Struggles More than 1 year ago
All true, all obvious, but there's one other point worth mentioning: Lance's undoing and the subsequent cascade of findings has changed the environment. Once the finger is pointed these days denials don't cut it. 'Fessing up is a better strategy now, so while Rasmussen is probably not a psychopath and the other chap appears to have some of those characteristics, morality may not enter into the Chicken's actions this far down the track.
Mike Jacoubowsky More than 1 year ago
Not quite right . Rasmussen went to more than a bit of trouble to deny and hide. His "willingness" came only after it became apparent, from the example made of Lance, that confession was likely the best exit strategy. He had even said his team manager, after his (Rasmussen's) removal from the TdF in 2007, "was a desperate man on the verge of a nervous breakdown.". Which, in retrospect, might have been true! Nevertheless the point remains that Rasmussen was not a "quiet" doper. He was more than willing to blame others, creating lies to protect him. If you want a doper at the other end of things, perhaps choose Basso. Rasmussen, in the grand scheme of things, is likely much closer to Lance than to Basso. Awesome. We're now creating a new category. The virtuous doper. :-(
djconnel More than 1 year ago
NYVelocity tweated: "Lance cheated at cheating". One test in in cheating at cheating merit score is how many law suits did you file? Rasmussen scores. He's probably just bitter Contador and Evans are still 1-2 in those Tour standings. "Why do you always pick on the bald guys?"
noidea More than 1 year ago
You know , you're absolutely right. Nor did he mention he was victimized, a witch hunt, a personal vendetta, it wasn't really cheating, he had to do it, every one else was doing it, it's been done throughout the sports history or he decided to come forward because his pet cat , biffy, was being teased by the neighbour's dog.
fantastic_dan More than 1 year ago
yep, no lame excuses. Lance could learn a thing or 2 from the chicken
iride712 More than 1 year ago
obviously you haven't followed the ridiculous defence statements of the Chicken since his 2007 tour ejection. Yep, 5 years of lame excuses and 1min of full confession. Plenty to learn from that
fantastic_dan More than 1 year ago
it would seem that anyone who admitted to doping initially denied it - some longer than others. So the one thing Armstrong and Rasmussen have in common is that they denied doping for many years. Armstrong, though, ruined images and careers to boot. That's what makes him a much more terrible person than the other guys who doped.
noidea More than 1 year ago
N.B. These are references to the content of the admission statements . It in no way refers to the denials and maneuvers which all dopers participate in prior to admission.
The Chicken More than 1 year ago
philpaque More than 1 year ago
But I thought USADA spent millions of US Taxpayer $ to prove that LA was the doping kingpin.
Strydz More than 1 year ago
What point are you trying to make?
DrBigRing More than 1 year ago
I think his point is that (and I may be completely wrong) the USADA report made it seem that Armstrong was responsible for doping in cycling, by encouraging, pressuring, etc others to dope.
pinocchio More than 1 year ago
NO. the report made it seem that LA was responsible for doping on USPS. There is a lot of evidence to support this. Those that are intent of finding justification for LA appaling behaviour made it SEEM as if this was all about the French hating Lance, people being jealous of Lance, people hating people with Cancer...... take your pick.
iride712 More than 1 year ago
The inference in the USADA report is that LA proliferated the culture of doping across the peloton and used standover tactics to intimidate and eradicate anyone that opposed the drug culture. Some of it is true, but he certainly didn't invent doping/performance enhancing. The impact is that most people out there have put 2 and 2 together and reached a conclusion that LA is the *kingpin* of doping in cycling and influenced (and increased) the usage of drugs in cycling. People also need to realise that cycling is not the only sport to have this problem and some other sports out there are being protected and sponsored by the very same people lynching cycling. For that, LA is spot on in his comments.
PeterMc More than 1 year ago
Exactly, LA was purely responsible for the "Most Systematic doping system ever seen in sport" ! evidence provided by those who he forced to dope.. People who have given sworn affidavits that they started doping PRIOR to LA joining the team.
danjo007 More than 1 year ago
if you dont understand the point; then you are stupid
yossarian42 More than 1 year ago
Exactly, what is philpaque's point??
Joe_Runner More than 1 year ago
Yes. This has to be a mistake. Only Lance had access to doping products and the insight into testing methods to avoid detection. Or at least that's what Tygart tells us. That's why he got the lifetime ban and everyone else was banned for the off season.
Mr.DNA More than 1 year ago
Just the sort of insightful commenting I expected when CN announced they would have a comments section. It's like watching a shill have a conversation with himself. I gotta stop reading this crap.
sideshadow More than 1 year ago
They were banned for only the off season because they co-operated. Lance would have kept 5 of his tour wins if he had done the same. That's how things work. Get over it. Props to Rasmussen for coming entirely clean and not some half assed 'confession' like some others.
Joe_Runner More than 1 year ago
I think that's inconsistent with what Tygart said in his 60 Minutes interview. We'll never know if LA would have been given the same deal had he cooperated, I think its unlikely. Anyway, I could care less if LA's ban is retained or removed. He's done and retired and triathlons are boring to watch....point is that the doping problem is systematic within cycling and is not LA's fault. People like Tygart seem to think the problem is fixed now that LA has been hung out to dry. Focus should be on finding and punishing people who are currently doping and riding in the pelaton.
record More than 1 year ago
I agree with the above statement.I thought this feedback was about rasmussen.But all of a sudden we are on to ARMSTRONG. This thing is getting out of control,all we hear is lance this and lance that,talk about other dopers am sure there are more competing right now.Tygarts problem is he thought if we get lance our problems will be over,usada problems may only be about to start. Armstrong is not a drug dealer,he was a sportsman who took banned substances,like the rest.If tygart is so determined to rid cycling of drugs he better cast a wider net.Rasmunssen thinks its okay to cheat for 12 years and then confess,but if lance does this its a crime,the witch hunt by usada and the press is looking more convincing every day.
sideshadow More than 1 year ago
A quick google could have helped you.
Alpe73 More than 1 year ago
Lance is now cooperating.
yossarian42 More than 1 year ago
No he hasn't. Still can't man up.
PeterMc More than 1 year ago
How is it that NO ONE bar the media has actually said that Lance was offered a deferred penalty if he came forward? Was he really offered the same sort of deal as the others were?
stravaface More than 1 year ago
Let's review: USADA only policies U.S. riders. In that regard, it took up where the U.S. DOJ left off in its investigation of doping on the USPS team (which the US DOJ launched because the USPS was partly funded by taxpayer money). USADA determined that there was a doping ring on USPS/Discovery and went after all its participants. USADA never set out to label Armstrong as the kingpin of doping in all cycling; from the start its investigation focused on doping as it occurred in U.S. athletes on a U.S. team. The fact that those athletes competed in international events is beside the point. So, dId Rasmussen ride for USPS/Discovery? No. Is he an American? No. Does he have ANYTHING to do with USADA? No. You complain about taxpayer money. Let's take a look at that: USADA is not a government agency spending only taxpayer money. It is an dependent, non-profit organization that polices U.S. athletics per the IOC charter, which, in the wake of Festina, set up WADA and the WADA code. Per all their IOC agreements, the various nations had to set up their own anti-doping bodies to police any of their sports that fall under IOC purview. It also does controls for U.S. Paralympic athletes, Pan American Games athletes, and similar sports. That's why USADA polices, for example, cyclists and runners, but doesn't police Major League Baseball or the National Football League (and why linebackers look totally 'roided... heh heh). USADA gets is money through various sources: a contract with the US Olympic Committee, contracts it has set up to perform doping controls for various sports, and a federal grant because Congress recognizes it as the official body for policing the sports that are part of the United States' national commitment to these sorts of sports. You can read it's 2011 statement at The statement of accounts, 2011 compared to 2010 starts on page 45. (The 2012 annual report is not yet available.) But the bottom line is this: USADA was doing exactly what it was supposed to be doing in pursuing Armstrong and the USPS riders, and it succeeded. This wasn't a witch hunt. This wasn't a vendetta. This was USADA's purpose, and I'll be happy when other nations' ADAs start approaching their job with the same level of zeal and commitment.
Sarcastic Wet Trout More than 1 year ago
You thought wrong. Armstrong was the doping kingpin on his teams. I'm sure he would have preferred that his competitors didn't dope. I'd suggest reading the Reasoned Decision published by USADA so that you will think a little more clearly.
bfasula More than 1 year ago
Tygart spent our money to satisfy his ego. He did NOTHING to clean up cycling.
ridleyrider More than 1 year ago
Agreed - had nothing to do with sport, but catching a big bad guy and prove that he is bigger and badder. A little chest pounding and career building - with a book deal to follow I am sure.
noidea More than 1 year ago
Granted but he did achieve a result that 2 years ago appeared highly improbable, even though everyone who followed cycling would have said "Yep, Lance doped throughout his cycling career but he is untouchable".
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
"Armstrong spent our money to satisfy his ego. He'll do NOTHING to clean up cycling" Fixed.
dccylist1227 More than 1 year ago
How refreshing and wonderful to hear a simple straightforward confession. Congratulations Michael, even if your confession is long overdue. We all make mistakes. I'm willing to forgive anyone who merely admits what they've done. But I feel no sympathy for those--Contador, Schleck, Armstrong--who cheat and then deny it. Armstrong continued to lie even during his supposed confession on Oprah.
brian meahan More than 1 year ago
my thoughts exactly. Be a man and own your mistakes.
xlkx0321 More than 1 year ago
I find it interesting Armstrongs name keeps coming up as being a liar no matter who is caught or confesses. If you are just now confessing to doping in 1998 you in fact have been lieing and cheating for a long time. But.........Armstrong is more of a liar?????? I think not. Everyone that has been caught lied. There are still many more liars out there that will come clean sooner or later. But dccylist1227 will no doubt see Armstrong as the worst. Open your eyes. Quit jumping on the band wagon! It's to easy.
pinocchio More than 1 year ago
You clearly know nothing about this. dccylist1227 sums it up nicely.
yossarian42 More than 1 year ago
you have no clue, do you?
sandblade More than 1 year ago
Hey Lance et. al. this is how you do a confession. You do full disclosure and you take the punishment. Stay classy Rasmussen.
RidemanRide100 More than 1 year ago
If I remember correctly, Rasmussen cheated, then lied and denied that he was doing it. I think Lance confessed to the same thing with Oprah? Albeit a very thin confession. I think it will be great if the chicken names EVERY person involved. Can you say Riis? But just like Lance, what are you going to believe, that the chicken has been clean for the past 2 years? Lets see what really comes out.
Alpe73 More than 1 year ago
A straight up question ... How many times did Rasmussen deny doping until today? Guesses anyone?
Gorgones More than 1 year ago
Let me see if I understand this. This cyclist, by coming out and admitting corruption on January 31, 2013, can be forgiven because it was just a mistake? Yet he was only silent for hmmmmm.....15 years. And that is not denial? Just a mistake? Yup, mea culpa and all is forgiven. I am sure he was not involved in any cover-up, fraud, deception, or corruption, especially for his the last 15 years. These guys are good. Hell, even Enron did not last that long.
iride712 More than 1 year ago
So if LA comes out with a 100% full confession next month and spills the beans on the whole lot of it, repays all the millions he *stole* and goes to jail for perjury, will you and everyone else forgive him then? Simple fact is if he comes 100% clean, there are legal and financial ramifications that are greater than what any other confessed doper is subjected to. If many were in his position, I very much doubt you would act any differently, unless you really *believe* in the idea that bankruptcy and jail time are suitable punishments for your crimes.
yossarian42 More than 1 year ago
you're right, he has to lie. Silly of us to expect anything different. He has no choice. He's forced to. He's a victim. Why don't people get it? Simple fact is that it was someone else's fault. Lance needs to go away and work through the process some more.
Eric Blais More than 1 year ago
I would never of thought he was DOPING. He looked like such a nice guy.
Mike Jacoubowsky More than 1 year ago
I wasn't thinking he was doping at the 2005 TdF TT. I thought he was DRUNK!
schnabelkerf More than 1 year ago
Compare this to the wiggling (no pun intended) of Lance Armstrong, who still dares to claim he he is singled out and more a victim than anything else. Just despicable! Good to see that Rasmussen seems to be cut from different material.
DrBigRing More than 1 year ago
The difference in approach to confessing maybe related to the fact that Rasmussen has nothing to lose by confessing at this point, whereas Armstrong is fearful of losing his wealth through an array of lawsuits. Not making any excuses--they're all liars. Just trying to explain why we're seeing a difference. Seems like full confessions are only coming from those who have nothing to lose, such as Rasmussen, Hamilton and Landis. Doubt we'll ever see a confession from someone who is still at the top.
mr. tibbs More than 1 year ago
Do you know why Armstrong has so much to lose? Because he went after everyone who doubted/called him out so viciously. That's the real difference between Armstrong and guys like Rasmussen, Hamilton, and Landis. Armstrong's current predicament is the result of a decade-long campaign to destroy anyone who challenged him--in court or otherwise. He'll get no sympathy from me.
Gary Lee More than 1 year ago
Don't fool yourself just because you hate one more than the other! They are cut from the same cloth! No doubt!
kom_n91 More than 1 year ago
Agreed...the USADA,WADA and UCI has made a mess of all of this. USADA is like the little bad kid that knocked over the hornet's nest and then gloated in the corner as the other kids got stung.
Claus Godske More than 1 year ago
Armstrong is obviously still lying. The difference between Rasmussen and Armstrong is the number of people they have destroyed trying to cover up their doping. I think Armstrong is the kingpin here.
ararana More than 1 year ago
Wow, that's some list of stuff. Nothing organic about this Chicken.......
Dedelou More than 1 year ago
best comment of the day, for sure
runninboy More than 1 year ago
Oh my! He confessed without calling himself a scapegoat. Or mention being lynched in public. How refreshing. Almost like he is actually taking responsibility for his misdeeds. Of course i never remember him suing anyone who told the truth about him or calling women drunken whores either.
Pickles More than 1 year ago
Nice doping cocktail.
Pat McQuaid Must Go More than 1 year ago
Seems a genuine confession. Pity that Lance was not man enough to do the same. Hopefully the truth will be dragged out of him some day?
Leigh Mazion More than 1 year ago
Seriously?! Google his comments and interviews since being kicked out of the 2007 Tour. He has denied doing anything wrong ... just like the rest!
Azerjaboomafar More than 1 year ago
But did he spend countless dollars suing people who spoke out against him? How many careers did he ruin? serious question btw
patrick24 More than 1 year ago
I think he sued Rabaobank for firing him, has totally let down his new employers, and maybe destroyed the team.
T.Hamiltonrocks More than 1 year ago
I would of sued them also. They knew he was doping and even helping. But as soon as he is busted, they get as far away as possible from him.