Copenhagen, March 18, 2013 (AFP) – Rolf Soerensen, one of Denmark’s most
successful professional cyclists, admitted Monday to using blood-boosting EPO
and cortisone in the 1990s, ending more than a year of denials.
“I used EPO periodically in the 90s,” Soerensen, now 47, said in a
“I have also in some cases used the substance cortisone. There is no other
excuse than that I did what I felt compelled to do to be an equal among
peers,” he added.
Sorensen, who won two stages of the Tour de France in 1994 and 1996,
refused to identify other riders who used performance-enhancing drugs.
“There will not be any names here. No allegations against other named
individuals. It’s not my style,” he said.
“The only thing I will say is that I, as we all know today, was not alone
A professional rider from 1986 through 2002, Soerensen won the
Liege-Bastogne-Liege race in 1993 and the Tour of Flanders in 1997.
He won a silver medal in the road race at the 1996 Olympic Games, the first
year professionals were allowed to compete, and came close to winning the
overall World Cup title on two occasions with a second place overall result in
1997 and third in both 1989 and 1991.
US cyclist Lance Armstrong, 41, admitted in January that he used
performance-enhancing drugs during his record seven Tour de France victories
Armstrong was stripped of all seven Tour titles last year after a
devastating report by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which accused him of
taking part in one of the biggest cheating operations in sports history.