Team Sky director exits after doping confession

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Associated Press

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 30 at 1:08 PM

LONDON (AP) — Team Sky says sports director Steven de Jongh has left the British squad after admitting to doping during his cycling career.

The Dutchman's departure comes after the team asked staff and riders to confirm whether they had any links to doping in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.

Team Sky says De Jongh "disclosed that he had taken a banned substance earlier in his career as a professional rider." Team principal Dave Brailsford calls him a "highly valued sports director and colleague over three seasons."

De Jongh's exit comes less than a week after American coach Bobby Julich left Team Sky after revealing he took EPO during his racing career.

Team Sky rider Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France in July.

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