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Jan 16, 2013 12:08am
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OSLO, Norway—Another former teammate of Lance Armstrong has admitted using
banned performance-enhancing drugs. Elite Tony Gonzalez Jersey . Retired
Norwegian rider Steffen Kjaergaard said Tuesday that he had used EPO and
cortisone, and was immediately suspended from his job at the Norwegian Cycling
Federation. “I have long thought that it was best for cycling as a sport that I
took this (secret) to the grave. But the last weeks have made me change course
for my own sake and tell the truth,” Kjaergaard said. The 39-year-old Kjaergaard
said he decided to come clean because of doping revelations in recent weeks
involving the U.S. Postal Service team, and that he “couldnt bear the lie
anymore.” Kjaergaard rode with Armstrong in the U.S. Postal Service team when
the American won the Tour de France in 2000 and 2001. He said he wasnt aware of
any of his teammates using banned substances, “but I assume there were others.”
On Monday, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the
International Cycling Union after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency detailed evidence
of drug use and trafficking by his Tour-winning teams. “I have not directly
witnessed anyone else dealing with this. Thats why I do not want to expose
anyone else,” Kjaergaard said. Kjaergaard won several Norwegian championships
but no major international races before retiring in 2003. His admission dented
Norways self-image as a “clean” nation on the forefront of the fight against
doping in sports. Kjaergaard was instantly removed from his job as sports
director for the Norwegian Cycling Federation. “This is a sad day for Norwegian
cycling, but we wanted to have this out in the light,” said federation President
Harald Tiedemann Hansen at the joint news conference with Kjaergaard. “He has
admitted to doping and he has nothing to do with the cycling world anymore,”
Tiedemann Hansen told The Associated Press later. “He has been suspended until
his term ends on Dec. 31 and he will not continue in the job.” Elite Julio Jones Jersey . —Andy Reid