Cyclist admits to doping

ALISON KORN -- Special to Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

After years of denial, Quebec cycling sensation and multiple World Cup winner Genevieve Jeanson has admitted taking the banned substance erythropoietin (EPO) for 10 years, starting at age 16.

Jeanson, now 26 and living in Phoenix, made the shocking confession last night on the CBC's French-language investigative show, Enquete.

"I took it," Jeanson said. "In Hamilton (at the 2003 world championship), on Mont-Royal (for the World Cups), almost the whole year. You only have to stop five days in advance and then you're fine."

In a series of interviews where she at first repeatedly denied taking the drug, she finally was forced to admit to doping when presented with evidence collected by reporter Alain Gravel.

Jeanson, sporting red and blue spiky hair, blamed her controlling former coach, Andre Aubut, for inciting her to take drugs.

"I had no way to get out of it, I didn't want to disappoint anybody," Jeanson said. "I didn't have the tools to get out of it by myself."

Former teammates of Jeanson described a relationship with Aubut that was verbally abusive and also said they saw him hurl a plate of food, as well as a radio, in a fit of rage. Jeanson married Aubut in April 2006 and divorced him six months later. It was a marriage purely for business reasons, according to the report.

"I would win races just to shut him up," Jeanson said.

Now retired after testing positive for EPO in July 2005, Jeanson is in therapy to heal psychologically.

"What hurts the most is having lied to people who believed me," Jeanson said.


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