Ryder Hesjedal admits to past doping

Ryder Hesjedal and trophy, Giro d'Italia 2012, stage 21

Canadian 2012 Giro d'Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal issued a statement on Wednesday evening confirming that he doped in 2003, after Michael Rasmussen revealed in his forthcoming book, Yellow Fever, that he showed Hesjedal how to take banned blood booster EPO.

The statement, issued by Slipstream Sports, owner of his current team Garmin-Sharp, also contained a message of support from the squad, revealing that Hesjedal had co-operated with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in the last year with its investigation into widespread doping in the pro peloton.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.