30-year-old Danish triathlete Bjarne Møller, who has seven national titles to his named, has admitted to using EPO (a banned blood doping drug) in preparation for Ironman South Africa which takes place in a few weeks.
Because of his admission he has been banned from all competition by the Sports Confederation of Denmark while a doping committee set up by the Federation investigates the matter.
Møller has also been removed from the start list of the Challenge Copenhagen as posted by the statement below on their web site:
"Due to the fact that danish pro triathlete Bjarne Møller has admitted the use of EPO during a training camp in South Africa during 18th to 26th of March, he is instantly deleted from the start list of Challenge Copenhagen. All pro athletes signs a contract with YWC Sports were he "...assures that he has not committed any offense against the anti-doping regulations and that he will not commit such offense in the future." - due to this combined with the athletes admitted use of the substances, we have decided to remove Bjarne Møller from the list of participants in Challenge Copenhagen. We take strong actions against the use of doping in triathlon in corporation with Anti Doping Denmark, but also in the contract we sign with pro athletes."
Online speculation suggests that Møller may have admitted to using EPO before being tested for the banned drug as part of the current on going anti-doping efforts.