Ullrich cancels race commitments during probe
21 July 2006, HAMBURG - Suspended former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich has cancelled his upcoming race commitments, the German's manager Wolfgang Strohband confirmed Friday.
21 July 2006
HAMBURG - Suspended former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich has cancelled his upcoming race commitments, the German's manager Wolfgang Strohband confirmed Friday.
"Everything is now concentrated on Jan and the accusations coming from Spain," said Strohband on Ullrich's Internet page. "Jan is giving up competing at this stage so that the organizers have enough time to find other top names."
Ullrich was contracted to race in five events, including Graz, Mayrhofen and Lorch.
It remains unclear whether Ullrich would be legally entitled to race anyway as he is currently suspended by his T-Mobile team.
Ullrich, 32, and other riders have been linked by Spanish authorities to a doping scheme around doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, seemingly based on seized documents, taped telephone conversations and intercepted text messages.
He was suspended by T-Mobile on the eve of the July 1 start of the 2006 Tour and is now under threat of being kicked out of the team.
German prosecutors confirmed Thursday that fraud proceedings have also been opened against him as well as fellow cyclist Oscar Sevilla and the sporting director of the T-Mobile team Rudy Pevenage.
Subject: German news