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Ullrich mum on Lance row

2012-08-24 13:46

Berlin - German cyclist Jan Ullrich on Friday refused to speculate about whether he would be handed three of the seven Tour de France titles won by US rider Lance Armstrong that may now be withdrawn over doping claims.

"I'm not thinking about these titles. I don't know the details of the process. I'm proud of my second-place finishes," the 1997 Tour winner said of his runner-up spots behind the American in 2000, 2001 and 2003.

Ullrich was speaking after the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said Armstrong would be banned for life and stripped of all of his titles following his decision to abandon a case against drug charges that have tainted his legacy.

Last February, Ullrich was suspended for two years for a doping violation related to a Spanish police investigation into an illegal performance-enhancing drug network and all his results after May 2005 were annulled.

Another German cyclist, Andreas Kloeden could also replace Armstrong as Tour winner for the 2004 edition, after he finished runner-up.

But Kloeden has also been accused of doping in 2009 by experts tasked by the University of Freiburg to probe the work of two doctors in charge of medical support for the T-Mobile team in 2006.

AFP

Comments
  • freddie.miff - 2012-08-24 14:27

    Give the medals to the guy who came last. He is probably the only one not riddled with drugs.

      press.enter.12 - 2012-08-24 14:45

      I thought in cycling the guy with the best drugs is expected to win . . .

      bj.pieman - 2012-08-24 16:05

      Actually not even! Wim Vansevenant came stone last in 3 tour de frances, and was still caught with doping products.

  • Werewabbit - 2012-08-24 14:42

    If they all using drugs does it make the playing fields fair?

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-24 16:58

      Probably.

  • wesleywt - 2012-08-24 15:37

    Um...if you looked it up then you will see the Ulrich was also busted for doping.

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-08-24 16:58

    Why? He doped too! No titles for every rider in the TDF.

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