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Rasmussen details doping at CSC, Rabobank to authorities

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Cycling News
Published:
February 1, 2013, 06:26,
Updated:
February 1, 2013, 06:26
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Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, February 1, 2013
Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) gets some encouragement

Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) gets some encouragement

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Nowhere have I spoken half truths, says Dane

More details have been revealed regarding Michael Rasmussen's confession to doping and his admissions to Danish authorities, (NOC and Sports Confederation of Denmark), Doping Autoriteit in Holland, the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Yesterday, Rasmussen who rode with Rabobank and CSC admitted to using performance enhancing drugs throughout the majority of his professional career from 1998 until 2010.

"I used EPO, growth hormone, testosterone, DHEA, insulin, IGF-1, and cortisone and did blood transfusions," he said in a prepared statement.

The now 38-year-old has been in lengthy discussions with various anti-doping agencies and told De Telegraaf that: "Everywhere I have made a full disclosure of the facts. Nowhere have I spoken half truths."

His discussions ranged from the HumanPlasma case where blood transfusions were given to riders between 2003 and 2006, and the evidence outlined in the USADA investigation into Lance Armstrong and his associates. Rasmussen has previously denied that he was 'Rider-14' as part of Levi Leipheimer's affidavit. The Dane has reportedly also explained doping use on the CSC team which he was a part of between 2001 and 2002.

"I also spoke about other riders, coaches who helped and where the products came from," he told De Telegraaf. "I indicated that I would fully cooperate and I have kept that promise."

 

generic More than 1 year ago
Hallelujah! I think we could see some cracks in omertà!
sideshadow More than 1 year ago
He should get one of LA's tour victories for this. An example which other riders like Bobby Julich should follow, if they care at all about clean cycling.
Pat McQuaid Must Go More than 1 year ago
Said yesterday that I thought Rasmussen had finally been 100% honest and open..... someone replied "Seriously,!" I know that people find cyclists and truth hard to accept in the same sentence... but I think Rasmussen has shown bravery and honesty, at last.
BadScreenWrtr More than 1 year ago
We can't call him the Chicken anymore.
ridindirty More than 1 year ago
Well Played Brother! Well played! He will always be Chicken to me!
Smouch More than 1 year ago
He is probably being more honest than Armstrong, the sport needs a clean out starting with the UCI and then looking at all drug cheats and getting rid of them for all, including Basso, etc who are currently riding
AusCycling More than 1 year ago
http://eurosport.yahoo.com/news/golf-singh-admits-using-banned-deer-antler-spray-191912698.html anyone here about this golfer who admitted to taking a banned substance? Didn't think so! Maybe its time other sports get their drug issues publicised more. Good to see a honest confession from chicken on the other hand! auscycling.wordpress.com
Lamby101 More than 1 year ago
Hopefully that will take out Bjarne Riis. Riis needs to get a life ban. CSC/Saxo/Riis riders (who will be implicated) are: Cancellara, Schleck brothers, Contador Oh and where has Micheal Rogers gone now he has 'quit' Sky? Saxa-Tinkof (old CSC) with Riis as boss.
Adrian Nastasoiu More than 1 year ago
The thing is that none of the ones you had mentioned were part of CSC team while Rasmussen rode for it.
ridleyrider More than 1 year ago
True enough, but when evidence is that the team had a culture of doping. No one is safe. The level of fallout from CSC should be convincing to some folks that it was a team effort to dope, not individuals acting on their own.
Adrian Nastasoiu More than 1 year ago
then let's talk about Discovery and Contador...same situation right?
ridleyrider More than 1 year ago
That is what I think anyway. If you roll Contador in, think team Once (Manolo Saiz and Fuentes) , Liberty Seguros, Astana Wurth (Astana). Any of those teams notoriously dirty?
fantastic_dan More than 1 year ago
Lance's bargaining power is dwindling with every confession. He better play his chips soon otherwise no one will care what he has to say.
CQmanager More than 1 year ago
"No one will care"?? Hahaha, like anybody cares what Lance has to say. We all know that he is the biggest pathological liar. I just hope he will disappear for good.
Drexel_Spivey93 More than 1 year ago
I am good with full amnesty for everyone involved. And yes this included Armstrong. Let all athletes keep their race results. Have the record books reflect that these races where won during the doping era. Let cyclists come forward without worrying about losing their job or race results. Move forward. I have great memories of watching races during this era and that won't change. This is probably the only way we move closer to full disclosure.
Gonzoburger More than 1 year ago
And what do we do about all the honest cyclists who never had a chance to compete, whose names we will never know because they refused to use performance enhancing drugs. No punishment does not move cycling ahead. It rewards the bad behavior.
Alpe73 More than 1 year ago
This may not be a bad idea ... and do it quickly as possible. The longer this goes on, by determining who gets crucified, who gets life, who gets 2 years, 6 months, etc, the more likely a quagmire from which there is no clean and timely escape. Sponsors, fans and even riders are in a pressure cooker. * it .... and call it an era. The honest cyclists ... wrong place , wrong time. Many may be incensed; many may understand. We'll have to keep thinking on that one.
la.margna More than 1 year ago
why give those cheats who didn't confess or admit yet and continue to lie any amnesty? This is pretty unfair for those driven out of the sport or getting destroyed by the omertà culture for confessing. No way out and no amnesty for cheats.
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
"I also spoke about other riders, coaches who helped and where the products came from," he told De Telegraaf. "I indicated that I would fully cooperate and I have kept that promise." This could get heavy.