Riis removed from Denmark's sports hall of fame

Updated: May 31, 2007, 9:01 PM ET
Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Denmark has removed retired cyclist Bjarne Riis from its sports hall of fame after he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs during his 1996 Tour de France victory.

We consider his effort as being fraud ... On that basis, one cannot be part of the list.

Else Trangbaek, Danish sports hall of fame

"We consider his effort as being fraud," Else Trangbaek, head of the committee in charge of the hall, told Danish radio Thursday. "On that basis, one cannot be part of the list."

Riis, the sole Dane to have won the French cycling classic, said last week that he used EPO from 1993 to 1998, including during his Tour victory. He also said he no longer considered himself a worthy winner of the Tour, and indicated he would be willing to give back the yellow winner's jersey.

His confession came amid a flurry of admissions by former Telekom riders that they used EPO.

Other names in the Danish sports hall of fame include former soccer player Michael Laudrup, Kenyan-born 800-meter world champion Wilson Kipketer and sailing great Paul Elvstrom, who won four straight Olympic gold medals between 1948 and 1960.

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