Norwegian former Pro-Tour cyclist Thor Hushovd launched his controversial autobiography on Thursday.
The book titled “Thor” delves into many aspects of the world of cycling notably drug abuse and political corruption within the ruling body.
Hushovd wrote that in 2011 disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to him that he had used banned substances.
After admitting to doping in 2012 Armstrong was banned for life and stripped of all his titles from August 1, 1998 including all seven of his Tour de France titles.
On his 2011 encounter with Armstrong, Hushovd said: “We were enjoying lunch, I had been out cycling in fact, we had a nice lunch, and then he says kind of out of the blue – ‘Thor, let’s face it, everyone did it’. At that moment, I was caught off guard, but I kind of understood it anyway.
“And then he says (admits) it to me in confidence. I did not consider it appropriate to go to someone to say what he said when he’s a friend. I was able to call him that when we sat there.”
Known for sprinting and time trial exploits Hushovd is a three-time Norwegian national road race champion and won the 2010 World Road Race Championships.
Hushovd, who is widely considered the greatest Norwegian cyclist of all time, retired in September 2014.