Michael Barry, who is a former teammate of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, has claimed he was pressured to take performance-enhancing drugs for the US Postal Service Team.
Barry, who rode for the US Postal Service team from 2002 to 2006, was among 11 former teammates of Armstrong's to provide sworn testimony for a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report investigating the seven-time Tour de France wins.
"As a boy my dream was to become a professional cyclist who raced at the highest level in Europe. I achieved my goal when I first signed a contract with the United States Postal Service Cycling team in 2002," Sports24 quoted Barry, as saying.
"Soon after I realised reality was not what I had dreamed. Doping had become an epidemic problem in professional cycling," he added.
"After being encouraged by the team, pressured to perform and pushed to my physical limits I crossed a line I promised myself and others I would not: I doped," he said.
Barry further added: "It was a decision I deeply regret. It caused me sleepless nights, took the fun out of cycling and racing, and tainted the success I achieved at the time. This was not how I wanted to live or race." (ANI)