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'Yellow Fever' strengthens malaise around drugs in cycling


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'Yellow Fever' strengthens malaise around drugs in cycling

“No,” is Michael Rasmussen’s answer to the question if he regretted being a drugs cheat.

The confession may not do sales of his new book, ‘Yellow Fever’ any harm, but former Tour de France yellow jersey holder Michael Rasmussen has come out in a public interview with several revelations about his, and others’ cycling past.

Bjarne Riis, the 1996 Tour winner and now manager of the Saxo Bank racing team is notably accused of carrying on today with the same banned practices of 15 years ago when Rasmussen rode for the Rabobank team.

Riis has denied any untoward practices on his teams.

“When I was pulled from the Tour de France, for 12 hours I thought of three different ways to commit suicide. I don’t regret those eight days in the lead; if I did I’d have to regret the 25 years before,” Rasmussen says.

He was asked: “Do you wonder why you thought it wasn’t wrong to dope?”

“Not really. When I decided actively to dope I had already crossed so many other lines. Right now I think I’m one of the most honest men in the sport. I still want to lead a team in the future, but the last thing I want is to run one with the sort of conditions I had to put up with. I wouldn’t be able to live with running a team the same way Rabobank did,” says the 39-year-old Rasmussen.

Rasmussen was pulled from the race while almost certain to win the
2007 Tour de France as the team scrambled to protect its reputation.He had been caught out in a lie about training in Italy when he was really undergoing doping in Mexico.

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