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Positive sees Danes drop Andersen

By:
Paul Verkuylen
Published:
July 29, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:42 BST
Edition:
Olympic Cycling News and Round-up, July 29, 2008

Peter Riis Andersen won't contest this year's Olympic Games in Beijing, China after the Dane failed...

Peter Riis Andersen won't contest this year's Olympic Games in Beijing, China after the Dane failed an anti-doping test. Danish sporting federation DIF announced on Monday the 28 year-old wouldn't contest the cross-country mountain biking event following the test results.

Andersen, Denmark's cross country mountain bike champion, failed both the A and B sample tests. The Dane was found to have banned blood booster EPO (erythroipoietin) in his system.

Andersen admitted during a press conference that he had "taken six EPO pills" to ensure he made the Olympic squad.

"My performance this spring was not up to an Olympic level and I was afraid of not making the team," he said.

Of the 163 anti-doping tests carried out by Denmark's anti-doping committee on its Olympic athletes, Andersen's is the only positive today.

DIF has expelled Andersen, who riders for German Team ALB-GOLD, him from the Olympic squad.

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