Canadian cyclist admits to doping, retires

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:47 AM ET

Cyclist Arnaud Papillon, a former Canadian under-23 champion, is retiring after admitting to doping.

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport said Papillon, 22, of Longueuil, Que., was given a two-year ban for using the stimulant EPO during the Canadian road championships.

"I do not deny the (infraction) and I take full responsibility," Papillon said in a statement Wednesday. "I admit I did something unacceptable and I regret it."

He said he had difficulty recovering from a 2009 training incident in which he was struck and injured by a vehicle in South Carolina.

"I had almost given up everything," he said. "I tried to (move on) but my love for the sport was bigger. After numerous ethical dilemmas, I faltered. I will live with it and learn from this for the rest of my life.

"I'm sorry for the disappointment that I caused to those who trusted me, including my family, my coach and my team,"


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