Retired German rider Grischa Niermann admits to doping

From Reuters:

37 year old German rider Grischa Niermann, who retired from the -based Rabobank team in 2012 after a 12 year career as a pro , admitted to using banned substances to boost his , the Dutch federation said on Monday.

“Thanks to the people around me I realised in 2003 that banned substances was not the path I wanted to follow, the 37-year-old said.

“I will give anti-doping bodies and relevant commissions all further information,” Niermann was quoted as saying on the federation website (

The federation said the rider, who retired last year, admitted to using EPO “several times” between 2000-2003.

“I went through hell and back the last few weeks, but I decided that this is the only possible way to go for me,” said Niermann, who competed in nine editions of the Tour de France.

Niermann is the latest of several German s to have used banned substances.

Jan Ullrich, Tour champion in 1997 and three-times runner-up to , was found guilty of doping by the () last year in relation to the blood-doping scandal that engulfed six years ago.

He was banned for two years and annulled his results from 2005 until his retirement two years later.

Former Rabobank rider Thomas Dekker, suspended for two years in 2009 for doping, said last week he would give the Dutch Anti-Doping Agency the full extent of his knowledge about cheating.

has long battled a doping problem and this month American Armstrong admitted to using banned drugs in all of his seven Tour de France victories after the International Union () stripped him of his titles last year. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Mark Meadows)

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