Ex-cyclist Boogerd admits doping

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Michael Boogerd beat Lance Armstrong to win the Amstel Gold classic in 1999.
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP)

Former professional cyclist Michael Boogerd has admitted doping for a decade during his career.

Boogerd says he used the banned blood booster EPO, cortisone and, late in his career, blood transfusions.

The confession by one of the Netherlands' most popular riders came in an interview with national broadcaster NOS being aired Wednesday. Several reports had linked the former Rabobank rider to doping.

He says ''the period I used banned substances was from `97 to 2007, the end of my career.''

Boogerd had two stage wins in the Tour de France and won the Amstel Gold classic in 1999, edging Lance Armstrong.

After his career, Boogerd became a cycling commentator with NOS.

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