By Brecht Decaluwé & Anthony Tan
In what appears to be another tale of confessions from a former cyclist, Danish ex-professional Jesper Skibby is about to release a revealing autobiography this week. Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws quoted Skibby as saying, "I don't want to remain the slave of my big lie; I was using drugs for years. I was a big talker but I never told the truth."
Now 42-years-old, Skibby was a professional from 1986 to 2000, riding for teams including Roland, TVM, and Home-Jack & Jones, which later became Memory Card-Jack & Jones. He won stages in the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España, but is probably best remembered for a spectacular crash on the Koppenberg climb during the 1987 Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen).
Skibby claims to have used EPO, anabolic steroids and caffeine throughout much of his career: "I played a role, hiding behind a mask but I couldn't live with this lie anymore," he said on HLN.
The Dane also says he's prepared for any negative repercussions when his book is released this Wednesday. "I have lied to the media for many years. Concerning cycling's milieu, I don't fear what they say."