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Positive sees Danes drop Andersen

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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