Retired O’Grady admits blood-boosting during 1998 Tour de France

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MELBOURNE, Australia — A day after retiring from professional cycling, Stuart O’Grady admitted to using a blood-booster during the scandal-plagued 1998 Tour de France.

The 39-year-old Australian rider, a six-time Olympian and a stage winner on the Tour, announced his retirement after finishing his 17th Tour de France.

He admitted he had used erythropoietin (EPO) for two weeks before the 1998 race, and said he had acquired it himself and used it without the knowledge of his team.

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