German cyclist Jan Ullrich quits Swiss federation

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19 October 2006, Hamburg (dpa) - Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich said on Thursday he will return his Swiss cycling licence in protest over his treatment in connection with a Spanish doping probe. The move is widely seen as indication of retirement, but Ullrich insisted on his website he has no such plans. "Quitting the federation does not mean that I am ending my career. There is contact with other cycling federations about a licence for 2007," said. Ullrich, the 1997 Tour winner and 2000 Olympi

19 October 2006

Hamburg (dpa) - Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich said on Thursday he will return his Swiss cycling licence in protest over his treatment in connection with a Spanish doping probe.

The move is widely seen as indication of retirement, but Ullrich insisted on his website he has no such plans.

"Quitting the federation does not mean that I am ending my career. There is contact with other cycling federations about a licence for 2007," said.

Ullrich, the 1997 Tour winner and 2000 Olympic champion, obtained a Swiss licence after moving to the country from his native Germany.

Earlier Thursday, his manager Wolfgang Strohband said that there were "several contacts to ProTour teams" and that Ullrich would "soon" set up a training camp.

Ullrich said on his website that he felt treated unfairly by the Swiss cycling federation which plans disciplinary action against him in connection with a reportedly heavy implication in a Spanish doping scheme.

The affair centres on doctor Eufemiano Fuentes who is said to have carried out illegal blood transfusions and supplied riders with various kinds of doping substances.

Ullrich was kicked out by his T-Mobile team over the affair after being suspended on June 30. He faces a two-year ban if found guilty of doping.

He has protested his innocence and claimed the Swiss federation is acting on "a falsified report of the Spanish police."

Ullrich, 32, said on his website that "many lies" are circulating in the media over the affair and that he is hopeful of riding again after Italian rival Ivan Basso - also implicated in the affair - has been cleared to ride for the time being.

"His acquittal should boost the morale of all of us," said Ullrich.

DPA

Subject: German news

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