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Danish Road Racing Cyclist Admits Doping
Jesper Skibby used EPO, anabolic steroids, testosterone
Andreas Nylandsted Benediktson (andreasnb)     Print Article 
Published 2006-11-21 08:05 (KST)   
In an upcoming autobiography, former Danish road racing cyclist Jesper Skibby admits to doping during his years as a professional cyclist. On Monday, Nov. 20, "Ekstra Bladet," a Danish newspaper, featured an interview with Skibby and a chapter of his upcoming book "Skibby Forsta Mig Ret" ("Skibby Get Me Right").

The effect was almost instant, Skibby writes of his abuse of the illegal drug EPO.

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Skibby was a professional road racing cyclist during the 1980s and 1990s and has won stages in all of the three major races -- Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, and Vuelta a Espana. From 1989 to 1997 he rode for the Dutch team TVM in 1993, at around the time he started his abuse of EPO.

Skibby says the positive effects on his physical condition were considerable and that the EPO abuse had no particular side effects.

"I had more air and was able to keep up with the ever-increasing pace in the peloton more easily," Mr Skibby writes. Still he admits he had a guilty conscience.

Skibby injected himself with EPO, but he used "a contact," another road racing cyclist, to get started on the illegal drugs. Skibby refuses to name his contact and says the blame for the abuse is entirely on himself.

In the book Skibby also admits to the use of other drugs: testosterone and anabolic steroids among others.

It has been known for some years that the use of illegal drugs is and has been a serious problem within the community of professional road racing cyclists. This year's Tour de France winner, Floyd Landis, had his victory questioned on doping suspicions. Ironically, as could be argued, Landis only won that victory because the two major names, Jan Ulrich and Ivan Basso, were excluded a few days before the race start based on doping suspicions.(*)

Skibby was not a star in the same league as Ulrich or Basso, but his confessions show us there are still a lot of skeletons hidden in the closets of former road racing cyclists. Who will be next on the stand?
(*) This paragraph has been edited for clarity. --Ed.
©2006 OhmyNews
Other articles by reporter Andreas Nylandsted Benediktson

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