A day after a French senate inquiry named him as one of a dozen riders to have registered suspicious test results during the 1998 Tour de France, Australian Stuart O’Grady admitted to using the banned blood booster EPO during his career.
A regular in the Tour de France peloton, O’Grady even wore the leaders yellow jersey during the 1998 and 2001 editions.
After his admission O’Grady, who retired on Tuesday after the 100th edition of the Tour, could be stripped of his Olympic medals he won in Barcelona, Atlanta and Athens.
The inquiry also found the top three finishers at the 1998 tour were guilty of EPO doping – the late Italian Marco Pantani, Germany’s Jan Ullrich and American Bobby Julich.
Also among the 18 riders who retrospectively tested positive for EPO was former world number one and famed French rider Laurent Jalabert.
Jalabert, who won 25 Grand Tour stages, on Thursday accepted responsibility for his positive test, but laid most of the blame on his then team doctors.