Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen expected to confess to doping at news conference

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(FILES) This file picture taken on July 23, 2007 shows yellow jersey Denmark's Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank/Ned) riding behind his teammates during the 15th stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Foix and Loudenvielle. Rabobank will stop sponsoring professional cycling at the end of this year, in the wake of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report on the use of banned substances in the sport, the Dutch bank said on October 19, 2012. Rabobank on October 18 suspended Spanish cylist Carlos Barredo after it was announced he faced disciplinary action from cycling's governing body, the International Cycling Union, for allegedly breaking the blood-doping rules. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGETJOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images

COPENHAGEN - Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen is expected to confess that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

Rasmussen says he will hold a news conference Thursday at 8 a.m. EST.

Danish sports site sporten.dk says the 38-year-old Rasmussen will come clean about "extensive doping" during his career.

Rasmussen led the 2007 Tour de France until he was kicked off for lying about his whereabouts when he missed pre-race doping tests.

He later admitted that he had lied and was banned from cycling for two years, but has so far insisted he didn't break any rules and never tested positive for any drugs.