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Retired Ullrich hit with ban

2012-02-09 12:54

Lausanne - Germany's 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich on Thursday received a two-year ban for a blood doping offence, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced.

CAS also ruled that all of Ullrich's results since May 1, 2005, be annulled.

The German, who retired in November 2007, thus sees his third-placed finish in the 2005 Tour de France written off.

"The CAS has partially upheld the appeal filed by the UCI (International Cycling Union) and has found Jan Ullrich guilty of a doping offence," CAS said.

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

CAS added: "Given the volume, consistency and probative value of the evidence presented by the UCI, and the failure of Ullrich to raise any doubt about the veracity or reliability of such evidence, this panel is satisfied beyond its comfortable satisfaction that Ullrich engaged at least in blood doping in violation of Article 15.2 of the UCI Rules."

The CAS hearing came about after the UCI appealed to the court against the Swiss Olympic Committee's decision to halt an investigation into Ullrich's past.

The Swiss Olympic committee, with whom Ullrich had a licence, had decided not to pursue the investigation about Ullrich, who lived in Switzerland, because the German resigned from the Swiss cycling federation in 2006.

Ullrich, the former T-Mobile lead rider, was linked to the Operation Puerto scandal in 2006 after samples of his blood were found during a police raid on Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes who was at the centre of a doping ring.

Ullrich has always insisted he is innocent and has never doped.

AFP

Comments
  • jorg.steinhage - 2012-02-09 13:14

    Why not just ban cycling as a professional sport. It seems they are all guilty haha.

  • Hendrik - 2012-02-09 13:35

    Are there any "competitive/professional cyclists" that ARE honest and don't do banned substances. The few high profile huys that are caught is surely not the only ones. Something I have accepted for many years as part and parcel of cycling, that's just what cyclists do. And I am not talking about "social riders", normal folks that ride just for fun or excercise.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-09 14:54

      @ Hendrik Cycling is the ONLY Sporting body that admits there is a problem, and they are PROACTIVE in eradicating the problem. Other sports (Rugby for instance) reprimands players (Springboks) after being found positive. High profile players (Sprinboks) develop life threatening diseases that would prevent them from EVER PLAYING RUGBY again - yet within 6 weeks a miracle happens and they play Super Rugby again. Another Springbok injures his neck to such an extend that he will endanger his life if he EVER PLAYS RUGBY AGAIN. Again a miracle - six weeks later he plays Super Rugby again. By the way, it is a accepted that within six weeks, the Banned substances are naturally expelled from the body! On top of this, in 2006, the International Cycling Federation (UCI) uncovered a doping ring involving many professional sportsman. They start with an investigation (relates to this article), yet they are blocked by the Spanish authorities when it was clear that a certain Grand Slam winning Tennis Player is being implicated in the investigation. Need more examples? If you think Cycling is the only Sport where doping is a problem, think again!!

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