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Report: Doping on Danish road team at 2004 Olympics

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Cycling News
Published:
March 11, 2013, 13:48,
Updated:
March 11, 2013, 14:37
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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, March 11, 2013
Michael Rasmussen, Christina Watches

Michael Rasmussen, Christina Watches

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Three of five riders said to have used a cortisone product

Michael Rasmussen has allegedly told anti-doping authorities that three of the five members of the Danish national road team doped at the 2004 Athens Olympics, according to a Danish media report. The five-man team consisted of Rasmussen, Frank Hoj, Bo Hamburger, Nicki Sorensen and Lars Michaelsen.

After making his confession that he had doped throughout much of his career, Rasmussen has been questioned by the WADA and anti-doping authorities in Denmark, the Netherlands and the United States.

Politiken.de reported that Rasmussen explained that one of the members smuggled the doping products into the Olympic village in Athens, by putting it in the battery compartment of a music player.

The five riders shared an apartment in the Olympic Village. Politiken.dk said that “At one point, it was asked if anyone had anything that could get them to run a little stronger. One confirmed  that he had, and then injected three of the five riders with a cortisone product.” Only those three (unnamed) riders are said to have been doped.

"Wow. We must take the opportunity to find out if it is true, for it sounds crazy, if it occurred, "said DCU's director Jesper Worre, head of the Danish Cycling Union. "We were not present during interrogations by Michael Rasmussen and therefore have no knowledge of what has been said.”

Rider reactions

It was not said which of the riders were involved, and it was not reported whether Rasmussen was one of the three.

Sorensen is the only one of the five still riding, and is with Saxo-Tinkoff.  He told sporten.dk, “I am really uncomfortable with the allegations that appeared in the media about this with the Olympics. I just want to say that it has nothing to do with me. I also think it's hard, because I do not know if the accusations are directed to me.”

Michaelsen is also with Saxo-Tinkoff, now serving as a sport director. “I think it's hard to comment on this story, since I have no idea whether the accusations are directed against me,” he said. “I can just say that I do not know about such a situation from the Olympics in 2004.”

Hoj told Ekstrabladet.dk, “I cannot talk about it,” but went on to add, "There's nothing to say. There are rumors that there is someone who might have said something in a confidential process. And it is not even a rumor that has been confirmed by Michael Rasmussen.”

Hamburger directly addressed the question, denying he was involved. “If three of the riders have taken doping, I can only say that it was not me,” he said. He has just been named as sport director for Team Christina Watches-Onfone.

He doesn't remember that specific conversation, but “Of course I can not deny that there has been talk of doping on the team.,” he said. “But you can talk about doping from many angles. It was something we talked about, even back then.”

Majo S More than 1 year ago
yeah, it is all LA fault. he must have been bullying the entire peloton apparently.
englishbob More than 1 year ago
I don't get how these constant revelations are good for cycling. Nothing can be changed and we know most riders were doing something and we don't really believe anybody. I think it is all ex-riders looking for the spotlight and the media looking for a story. We need to focus on how the tests were so easily beaten, how that can be changed and make the tests more effective. We know that the testing is better but we also know that there will riders who still beat the system. Also we need to be teaching young riders that cheating is ultimately bad for themselves and everyone involved with them.
rickmartyn More than 1 year ago
I think it was (is?) the pervasive doping that has been bad for cycling. The constant revelations are the only chance cycling has to create better testing methods and to convince young riders that doping isn't worth it. The constant refrain of "let's stop looking at the past and just move forward" is the slogan of omerta.
Tantalus More than 1 year ago
Agreed. As long as any of those who are involved in the fraud are allowed to stay in the sport, cycling loses. There is no justification for it to continue in its present form without cleaning house.
sarahwhite More than 1 year ago
Time to go public now - I'm sure Jobie Dajka would agree with all of you...all the cheats in Athens male and female. Kind Regards Sarah
sarahwhite More than 1 year ago
So to finsihe Sean Eadies drug ring nearly killed me over the last 4 years - Cycling Australia lies and severe abuse with Cyling Ireland. How is Stephen Roche Conconi cheat different to Lance Armstrong Ferrari cheat factually if somebody could please explain. That is the last point.
sarahwhite More than 1 year ago
and one last point - how is Chris Sutton allowed on Sky as an ex Cofidis blood brother with Nicholas Roche the cheat. I'm sure Ricco woudl love to know also. Legal is legal to Lance. Kind Regards again. Sarah.
sarahwhite More than 1 year ago
that is all the tweets for the year!!..I mean the David Millar publicity stunt in London was great wasn't it in the RR on that course. So Ricco Roche-Sutton will be 40 when he wins the Tour as a 'loser etc' . Daddys little protected boys. That is all . Sarah.
sarahwhite More than 1 year ago
So factually Boardman won the prologue in 1999 - Lemond has three tour wins - I mean Lance would have found something on him by now wouldn't he and Boardman and Obree were the ONLY clean hour times with Wilsons - no other factual maths is ever required. That covers the Change Cycling Now doesn't it. Fire Sean Eadie and Martin Barras like Dave fired Shane Sutton - all that media bskyb. END>
paulps1111 More than 1 year ago
so the abuse by Gary Sutton was severe over those 4 years - nobody to respect in life - why he was aq walkover for Urs always - my book is out on July 24th 2016 - 12 days before Rio - Ireland have Sean Eadie and Gary Suttons disgusting abuse instead of me. I have my own goals now. That is all Gary. Sarah.
paulps1111 More than 1 year ago
when you get blocked you have to change the address by the way!! - Sarah:)