Johan Museeuw bought the doping products EPO and Aranesp in Cologne, Germany, according to his autobiography.
"I was in Cologne, parked in an underground garage and went into a pharmacy. I showed the pharmacist a sheet of paper which listed what I needed," he wrote, according to the sid news agency. "The pharmacist said something to me which I didn't understand and gave me a small package."
"I paid cash, between 50 and 100 euros," continued Museeuw. "The pharmacist didn't need anything more from me. Apparently EPO and Aranesp were available without prescription in Germany."
Museeuw, who retired from riding in 2004, admitted in January 2007 that he was "not 100 percent honest" in his last year of riding.
The 43-year-old now regrets having used the doping products. "I am just a person, flesh and blood. I was the king and wanted to stay on the throne. That's why I used EPO."