• Nicki Sørensen at the 2014 Criterium du Dauphine (Sirotti)Source: Sirotti
Former Danish champion and Tour de France stage winner Nicki Sørensen has admitted to doping during the early part of his career.
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23 Jun 2015 - 5:57 AM  UPDATED 23 Jun 2015 - 6:01 AM

"I've doped, I've admitted that fully and wholly. I'm saddened by it and I wish I could go back and undo it," Tinkoff-Saxo sporting director Sørensen told the Danish daily BT on Monday.

"It was in the early years of my career and it's more than 10 years behind me. It was my own decision to do it."

Sørensen's admission comes on the eve of a Danish Anti-Doping Authority (DAA) report which is due to be published on Wednesday.

A Danish national road race champion between 2003 and 2011, and a stage winner at the Tour de France (2009) and Vuelta a Espana (2005), Sørensen retired last year and remained with the Tinkoff-Saxo team.

He denied that his former team boss Bjarne Riis, the 1996 Tour de France champion, was involved in encouraging him to dope in any way.

"I have told ADD about my own experiences. I have done that to relieve my own conscience and also because I wanted to help cycling," Sørensen said.

The report has already been criticised by Danish rider Michael Rasmussen who said testimony regarding Sorensen's doping had been omitted in an effort to protect him.

Tinkoff-Saxo statement on Nicki Sørensen 

Nicki Sørensen informed the management of Tinkoff-Saxo at the time he spoke to Anti Doping Danmark (ADD) in 2013. Sørensen advised Tinkoff-Saxo that the matters he talked about with ADD were related to before 2004 and he expressed his deep regret that they had occurred. Tinkoff-Saxo accepted that these were matters to be privately resolved between ADD and Sørensen. Tinkoff-Saxo has a deep-rooted anti-doping culture that is implemented throughout the entire team. Tinkoff-Saxo was convinced at the time and remains of the view that Sørensen has conducted himself fully in accordance with this culture over the past decade of working with the team. Additional information, if required, will be made public in due time.

Tinkoff-Saxo has supported the cooperation and collaboration by all its members with any entity involved in creating a better environment in professional cycling. The team believes that a full disclosure of negative past practices should be encouraged in order to identify and implement appropriate measures to prevent wrongdoing in the present and future sport.