Ullrich's house searched as part of doping probe

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13 September 2006, BERLIN - German and Swiss authorities carried out a series of searches on houses and premises Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into the doping affair surrounding Spanish sports doctor Eufemiano Fuentes. The houses of former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich in Scherzingen, Switzerland and that of his manager Wolfgang Strohband were among those searched, Strohband confirmed to Focus magazine. Ullrich and eight other cyclists were barred from this year's Tour de France due t

13 September 2006

BERLIN - German and Swiss authorities carried out a series of searches on houses and premises Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into the doping affair surrounding Spanish sports doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.

The houses of former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich in Scherzingen, Switzerland and that of his manager Wolfgang Strohband were among those searched, Strohband confirmed to Focus magazine.

Ullrich and eight other cyclists were barred from this year's Tour de France due to the scandal. Ullrich, who was subsequently fired by his T-Mobile team, has denied the allegations.

The German authorities are now investigating allegations of fraud by Ullrich after athlete Britta Bannenberg brought a case against the cyclist after it was claimed he had been provided with banned performance-enhancing drugs since 2003.

Fuentes is currently under investigation after Spanish police arrested five people at a Madrid clinic in May, where drugs and frozen blood were seized.

Earlier Wednesday, Ullrich claimed a small victory when a Hamburg court ruled that German doping expert Werner Franke could not claim the 1997 Tour winner had paid Fuentes 35,000 euros to dispose of illegal substances.

Franke made the claim in a television interview, basing his statement on information from the ongoing investigation into Fuentes in Spain.

"It's 100 per cent certain that we will appeal this verdict with all the legal tools at our disposal," Franke's lawyer, Michael Lehner told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

Ullrich is registered as a cyclist in Switzerland and still faces a similar court case there while the Swiss cycling federation, Swiss Cycling, is still waiting for documents from the ruling body UCI in relation to the Fuentes affair.

"We should finally have them in a few days," Lorenz Schlaefli, CEO of Swiss Cycling told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. "Then I don't doubt that the material will be sufficient to begin proceedings against Ullrich."

Ullrich has already been sacked by his T-Mobile team and faces a life ban as a repeat doping offender but the 33-year said in a interview following his marriage to Sara Steinhauser last weekend that he had received several offers from other teams

"I only have to decide for which team I want to ride for," Ullrich told Bunte magazine.

"Everything will turn out in my favour, I am sure of it," he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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