Retired Rasmussen accuses former teammates of doping
A tell-all biography of Michael Rasmussen, describing how he resorted to doping during his career, went on sale Monday, a day after the retired Danish professional cyclist accused his former teammates of engaging in similar practices.
In an online chat with viewers that followed an exclusive interview aired by public broadcaster DR on Sunday, Rasmussen was asked to estimate how many riders had doped themselves during the 2007 Tour de France, the race he was kicked out from while seemingly heading towards an overall victory.
"On [his own team] Rabobank: 100%," Rasmussen wrote in the chat. "Not everyone was on the same stuff, but everyone on the team used some form of doping."
Rasmussen declined to estimate how many cyclists from other teams had also resorted to doping.
The Dane was pulled out of the race amid controversy surrounding the non-disclosure of his prior whereabouts to cycling officials, preventing them from conducting doping tests.
In his biography, titled Gul feber (Yellow Fever), Rasmussen described how he had considered suicide after being kicked out of the race, and how the Rabobank team management were aware that he did not always tell the truth of his whereabouts.
Several Danish media outlets have recently published excerpts alleging other incidents linked to doping.
Rasmussen in January admitted to using a wide range of performance-enhancing drugs over a 12-year period from 1998, and has since started cooperating with the Danish anti-doping agency.
In the DR chat, he said he had been interviewed for 16 hours by anti-doping agencies from four different countries.
"They have a lot more information than what has been published so far," he said. – Sapa-dpa