Former cyclist Jasper Skibby admits to dope

Published on Nov 21, 2006 07:59 PM IST

Skibby is the only Danish rider to have won stages in the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Spanish Vuelta.

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Former Danish cyclist Jesper Skibby has admitted to doping during his professional career. Skibby, who won a stage of the 1991 Tour de France, said in an autobiography to be published Wednesday that he started using steroids that same year when he was on the Dutch TVM team. He said he switched to the endurance-boosting substance EPO in 1993. Skibby, the only Danish rider to have won stages in the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Spanish Vuelta, said he had also used testosterone.

The effect was almost immediate. On the bicycle I had a huge reserve of strength and I felt stronger than ever," he wrote in his book, "Skibby _ Understand me correctly."

The 42-year-old Dane retired six years ago. He did not reveal who gave him the banned substances, but said he injected himself. Excerpts of his book were sent to The Associated Press. The book did not specify whether Skibby was using banned substances when he won the stage titles _ the 19th stage of the 1989 Giro, the third and seventh stages of the 1991 Vuelta and the fifth stage of the 1991 Tour de France.

Skibby rode on the TVM team from 1989-97. He later joined Danish team Memory Card-Jack & Jones.

Skibby was one of the three prominent Danish riders who made cycling popular in the Scandinavian country in the 1990s. Rolf Sorensen and Bjarne Riis, who won the Tour de France in 1996, are the others.

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