No, not Floyd Landis. Bijarne Riis, the winner of the 1996 Tour de France, admitted that he was doping when he won the race:

"The time has come to put the cards on the table," said Riis. "I have done things which I now regret and which I wouldn't do again. I have doped. I have taken EPO. For awhile it was part if my life."

Sad news, but hardly shocking. What is shocking is that the code of silence that's surrounded drug use in cycling seems to be breaking down. Riis is now the director of team CSC, the top professional team in the world -- we'll see what effect this admission has on his current career.

One question: was EPO even on the banned list in 1996?

AuthorMark McClusky