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Dane Sorensen latest to admit to doping

Danish cyclist Rolf Sorensen looks on during the Landbouwkrediet-Colnago cycling team presentation in Brussels January 21, 2002. REUTERS/Thi
Danish cyclist Rolf Sorensen looks on during the Landbouwkrediet-Colnago cycling team presentation in Brussels January 21, 2002. REUTERS/Thi

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Olympic silver medalist Rolf Sorensen has admitted to doping during his successful years in the nineties, the Dane said on Monday.

"It is time that I too - long overdue - admit to having been part of the Epo-era that was a part of the sport in the 90s", Sorensen, who won silver at the Olympic Games road race in Atlanta in 1996, said in a statement.

Sorensen admitted to having taken the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) and cortisone but told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet he was more "a party smoker on Saturdays as opposed to a needle addict".

"I have never used blood transfusions, which I am totally against, and I simply will not be compared with Lance Armstrong", he added in the newspaper.

Sorensen is the latest in a long line of cyclists to have confessed to doping after Lance Armstrong admitted in January to taking performing-enhancing drugs during his seven straight Tour de France victories from 1999-2005.

Earlier this year fellow Dane Michael Rasmussen admitted to more than a decade of doping.

(Reporting by Johan Ahlander, Editing by Tom Pilcher)

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