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Cycling: Michael Rasmussen - my doping decade

Another top cyclist comes forward

Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen has admitted to more than a decade of doping after making a tell-all deal with anti-doping authorities.

Rasmussen, the Tour de France King of the Mountains in 2005 and 2006, said he took performance-enhancing drugs between 1998 and 2010, both before and after he served a suspension for evading doping controls in 2007.

"I have cheated and lied. I'm ready to make good and take my punishment. I'm glad that I no longer have to lie to you, as I have done for so long," said Rasmussen, 38, adding that he was quitting cycling immediately.

Rasmussen admitted to using EPO, insulin, growth hormones, cortisone and other drugs as well as getting blood transfusions.