Ullrich involved in banned substances since 2003

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8 September 2006, BONN - German prosecutors investigating cyclist Jan Ullrich over allegations of fraud and violation of prescription drug laws believe the former Tour de France winner had sourced banned substances as far back as 2003, it emerged Friday.

8 September 2006

BONN - German prosecutors investigating cyclist Jan Ullrich over allegations of fraud and violation of prescription drug laws believe the former Tour de France winner had sourced banned substances as far back as 2003, it emerged Friday.

The German authorities reached the conclusion after looking at police reports from the Spanish probe centring on doctor Eufemiano Fuentes which involved Ullrich and 50 other riders.

The Spanish police investigation alleged Ullrich was given EPO and other banned substances by the Spanish doctor.

"We don't have any information of our own and are basing our legal investigation on reports from the Spanish police," Fred Apostel, a spokesman for prosecutors in Bonn, said Friday.

Ullrich's long time advisor Rudy Pevenage and Spanish cyclist Oscar Sevilla are also under investigation.

Ullrich was suspended shortly before this year's Tour de France by his T-Mobile team and was later dismissed. He faces a lifetime ban from cycling as a second-time offender under the rules of the World Anti-Doping Code.

DPA

Subject: German news

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