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Sassone admits to ‘mistake’

Former world Madison champion Robert Sassone, who is being investigated after drugs were found at his home, has admitted making a "mistake" which would ruin his life. Sassone, 26, who also tested positive for a steroid derivative last year, printed an open letter in the French-language New Caledonians newspaper on Thursday saying he was paying heavily for his actions. "I didn't kill anyone, but this mistake, which I will explain to the judge, I'm paying for heavily and in cash. It will ruin my life because I dreamt of a career in cycling," said Sassone, a member of the Cofidis team until

By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2004

Former world Madison champion Robert Sassone, who is being investigated after drugs were found at his home, has admitted making a “mistake” which would ruin his life.

Sassone, 26, who also tested positive for a steroid derivative last year, printed an open letter in the French-language New Caledonians newspaper on Thursday saying he was paying heavily for his actions.

“I didn’t kill anyone, but this mistake, which I will explain to the judge, I’m paying for heavily and in cash. It will ruin my life because I dreamt of a career in cycling,” said Sassone, a member of the Cofidis team until last season.

In January, a French judge took the first step towards formal charges against Sassone after amphetamines, erythropoietin (EPO), growth hormone, testosterone and anabolic steroids were found during a search of his home at Hyeres in southern France. Sassone was placed in police custody but later released.

The probe was part of an investigation into Cofidis, the No. 1 team in France.

Traces of betamethasone, a glucocorticosteroid, were found in Sassone’s urine sample after the Six Days of Noumea, held in the French Pacific territory from November 28-December 3.

The use of glucocorticosteroids, which are used to treat asthma, is strictly limited under the rules of cycling. Sassone, who turned professional in 2000, won a gold medal in the Madison at the world track championships the following year.

He was a member of the Cofidis team until last season and joined third division Oktos-Saint-Quentin team this season.
Copyright AFP2004