Another former US Postal teammate of disgraced
Lance Armstrong, Steffen Kjaergaard, on Tuesday admitted to using banned blood
booster EPO when racing the Tour de France alonside the American.
Kjaergaard said he started doping on his own initiative in 1998 when with
the Danish Chicky World team, going on to meet with Belgian doctor George
Mouton for “advice” to “avoid the risk of being caught”.
The Norwegian then joined the US Postal team and raced alongside Armstrong
in the 2000 and 2001 Tours. He said doping at the time was endemic and the
team arranged all.
“Everything was organized by the team,” Kjaergaard told a press conference.
“I can personally assume that there were a certain number of others
involved in doping,” he added.
Kjaergaard’s comments follow the fall from grace of Armstrong, who has been
stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) on Monday gave its backing to a
damning US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) dossier that placed the Texan at the
heart of the biggest doping program in sport, erasing his record back to
August 1, 1998.
Eleven other former members of US Postal have previously told their stories
of doping with the professional cycling team, notably Tyler Hamilton.