Former cyclist Nicki Sorensen, 40, who retired at the end of last season, admitted to doping during the first part of his career

Former professional cyclist Nicki Sorensen has admitted to doping during the first part of his career.

“I doped. I admit that. I’m sorry for it,” the former Tinkoff-Saxo rider told Danish website BT.dk. “This happened in the early part of my career, more than 10 years ago.”

Sorensen, 40, a four-time Danish national champion and a Tour de France stage winner, is now a sport director at the Tinkoff-Saxo team, the last squad he rode for before his retirement.

He will be named in an impending report from Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD), which also investigated former Tinkoff team boss Bjarne Riis and relies heavily on the testimony of former Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Michael Rasmussen.

“I told ADD of my experiences. I did this to ease my conscience and because I also wanted to help the sport of cycling,” Sorensen said.

Danish media reported that Sorensen admitted to doping during the 2004 Olympic Games, but those reports have not been confirmed.

In a team press statement, Tinkoff-Saxo said, “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 Sorensen has conducted himself fully in accordance with this culture over the past decade of working with the team.”