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Star cyclist Ullrich found guilty of doping

The Local · 9 Feb 2012, 12:24

Published: 09 Feb 2012 12:24 GMT+01:00

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“Jan Ullrich is sanctioned with a two-year period of ineligibility starting retroactively on 22 August 2011,” the official CAS statement said. “Furthermore, all results achieved by the athlete on or after 1 May 2005 until his retirement are annulled.”

The ruling does not affect his victory at the 1997 Tour de France.

The court in Lausanne, Switzerland, found that Ullrich was caught up in the doping affair surrounding Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.

Fuentes provided doping services to several athletes, and the court ruled that there was clear evidence that Ullrich had contact with him, and paid the doctor more than €80,000 for his services. The court concluded that Ullrich, who retired in 2007, was guilty of blood doping.

CAS dismissed all of Ullrich’s appeals related to procedure and to applicable law, and “expressed surprise” that Ullrich did not question the veracity of the evidence.

But CAS also rejected the International Cycling Union’s demand to have Ullrich banned from all cycling-related activities for life, “considering that the first doping offence that he committed in 2002 was due to the ingestion of amphetamines out of competition.”

The court, noting that by current rules amphetamines are only considered doping when ingested in competition, decided he was not a repeat offender.

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The 38-year-old Ullrich has consistently denied all charges.

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Your comments about this article

13:56 February 9, 2012 by Antone
Lance Armstrong can beat this guy with one testicle and no dope. Get a job.
14:57 February 9, 2012 by derExDeutsche
Doping is such an ugly word. Think of it as a Fairness Subsidy.
15:21 February 9, 2012 by boopsie
What a dope!
16:47 February 9, 2012 by zeddriver

Brilliant! Thanks for the PC laugh :-)
19:26 February 9, 2012 by mikel taylor
Jan Ullrich, was, is, and always will be one of my all time cycling heroes.

Armstrong was Great, but when Ullrich stopped and waited when Lance went in the ditch at the Tour, it showed me what a great competitor and true sportsman he is.

I could care less about some Swiss court, he only took a third place it wasn't like he won by 20 minutes. Germany should be proud to have such a great cyclist to call there own.
05:59 February 10, 2012 by Stuttgartborn
Jan Ullrich has 1000 times the class of Armstrong. Armstrong spends the endless cash of Nike, Oakley, Trek, etc, to hire a football squad of high priced lawyers and mouth pieces to defend his "honor". Talk to anyone in cycling...who describe him as a class one A-hole.

Ulllrich essentially admits his guilt from cycling's dirty era. We'll never hear that from LA. I doubt things have changed much...it's a dirty sport and they're all out to cash in and become the next Lance Armstrong. Yuck.
11:31 February 10, 2012 by raandy
The article is about Ullrich and he is a great sportman and athlete.

Lance Armstrong who was diagnosed in 1996 with cancer and a 40% chance of survival, came around and won the Tour de France from 96 to 05 ,7 years in a row.

He has undergone years of doping investigations with no proof he doped.

I consider this an amazing story and a triumph of will and determination.

Those of you that cast dispersions at this man and couldn't hold a candle to his victories, are more than likely jealous, and bitter your man lost, and by disrespecting this individual you have in your mind lowered him and raised yours, but it still dose not work that way , better luck in the future.
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