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Ex-Giro winner admits to doping

ESPN staff
October 31, 2013
Ryder Hesjedal took a banned blood-booster © Getty Images

Ryder Hesjedal, winner of the 2012 Giro d'Italia, has admitted to doping over a decade ago.

The 32-year-old Canadian was one of several riders who testified in the Lance Armstrong case after the American was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. As one of Armstrong's team-mates in 2004 and 2005, Hesjedal has revealed he was also involved in doping.

"More than a decade ago I chose the wrong path," he said.

"Even though those mistakes happened more than 10 years ago, and they were short-lived, it does not change the fact I made them and I have lived with that and been sorry for it ever since.

"I believe that being truthful will help the sport continue to move forward, and over a year ago when I was contacted by anti-doping authorities, I was open and honest about my past."

Hesjedal responded to allegations by Michael Rasmussen who had previously said he taught Hesjedal how to take EPO, a banned blood-booster, back in 2003.

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