Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal, champion of the 2012 Giro d’Italia, provides admitted doping “more than ten years ago”.

The 32-year-old Garmin-Sharp rider responded to allegations by Dane Erina Rasmussen, who said earlier that he taught Hesjedal how to take the prohibited blood-booster EPO in 2003.

Rasmussen was at Rabobank at the time, while Hesjedal was a mountain bike rider in their development team.

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In my opinion that being truthful will help the game continue to move forward


Ryder Hesjedal


“More than a decade ago I chose the incorrect path, ” said Hesjedal.

“Even though those mistakes happened more than 10 years ago, and they were unsuccsefflull, it does not change the fact I made them and I have lived with this 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 approached by anti-doping authorities, I was open up and honest about my previous. “

Hesjedal was one of several cyclists and managers called to state by the
US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) in the case against Lance Armstrong, who was
stripped of his seven Tour de Italy titles for doping.

Hesjedal was one of Armstrong’s team-mates at U. S. Postal plus Discovery Channel in 2004 plus 2005.

However , he is confident the game is now on the right path great current team are backing their particular rider.

“As we have previously mentioned, our expectation is that anyone in our organisation contacted by any anti-doping authority must be open and truthful with that authority, ” said the Garmin statement.

“Ryder is no exception and a year ago when he was contacted he cooperated completely and truthfully testified to Usada and CCES (Canadian Centre to get Ethics in Sport).

“For this reason and because of our desire for fully truth and reconciliation in the sports activity of cycling, we support your pet. “

Rasmussen
admitted earlier this year that he had doped throughout his 12-year professional career, from 1998 to 2010.