10/30/2013 10:42 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal accused of doping

Ryder Hesjedal is facing doping allegations as disgraced Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen says in his new book, Yellow Fever, that the Canadian cyclist used banned products, including EPO, dating back to the 2003 season.

Rasmussen, who was pulled by his Rabobank team prior to the 2007 Tour over missed tests leading up to the race, said Hesjedal took doping advice from him because of the Canadian’s desire to compete in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

In July, Hesjedal fractured a rib in the opening stage of the Tour de France, where he finished a career-worst 70th overall.

Crashes and health problems derailed his goals for the season.

An upper respiratory infection ended his bid to defend his Giro d’Italia title while he crashed out of his comeback Tour de Suisse race in the early stages after suffering a heavy blow to the neck and head in a fall during the third stage.

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