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This story is from our news.com.au network Source: Reuters

Ullrich cleared of doping

From correspondents in Madrid

October 26, 2006

FORMER Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich is not implicated in Spain's investigation into doping in sport, news agency Europa Press reported overnight.

It claimed it had access to the report issued by the investigating judge of court No.31 in Madrid, that said the German cyclist would have "no measures taken against him."

It went on to say this report would be forwarded to cycling's world governing body, the UCI.

The 32-year-old was suspended and then sacked by his T-Mobile team in July, after his name was linked to an anti-doping investigation by Spain's civil guard.

After raids on addresses in Madrid and Zaragoza in May, Spain police found large quantities of anabolic steroids, laboratory equipment used for blood transfusions and more than 100 bags of frozen blood.

From the raids, the civil guard compiled a list of moe than 50 professional cyclists who were implicated in the probe.

Ullrich, who won the 1997 Tour, has said he is innocent of any doping allegations made against him.

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FORMER Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich is not implicated in Spain's investigation into doping in sport' date=' news agency Europa Press reported overnight.[/quote']

 

I knew that Wink
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Well, from reports they did not have much evidence to go on except his name in some type of code, raided his home and also came up with nothing. Jan probably knew their case (as is Basso's) was very weak hence his innocence claim.

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I think the UCI code of ethics stink. This goes for sponsors to. They should adopt the principle of innocent until proven guilty. In Basso and Ullrich's case possibly the greatest Tour De France (2006) was messed up because of incompetent reporting etc. Cycling in general has suffered huge repercussions because of alleged incidents that now seem to have no backing.

Hopefully we can now see an epic battle between the two giants in next years TDF.
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I hope he sues the living daylights out of whoever implicated and cost him his last chance to win the TDF!!!!!! This stinks!!!!!!

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I think its a good thing, if you're suspected of doping you're out, no ride. Because what happens then is the guy might be using dope, win the Tour, and causes loads of crap afterwards. No, I think thats hitting harder at the dopers, if you're suspected, no ride.

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I think the UCI code of ethics stink. This goes for sponsors to. They should adopt the principle of innocent until proven guilty. In Basso and Ullrich's case possibly the greatest Tour De France (2006) was messed up because of incompetent reporting etc. Cycling in general has suffered huge repercussions because of alleged incidents that now seem to have no backing.

 

And at this point EXACTLY the same thing can be said about the Landis case. I am sure that you will get many responses from some people on this forum who took the view that Landis is already guilty despite some unanswered but very pertinent questions regarding his case.

 

I must say that I am a bit disappointed that Ulrich resisted the DNA testing which would have proved the issue conclusively one way or the other.

 

Yes, he was within his human rights to resist the tests so in theory we can't hold it against him but if he had nothing to hide then why not do it? And if he had a moral objection then at least he should have made it known.

 

 
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Maybe the DNA thing will happen after all!

Team directors call for DNA tests in Puerto cases

By Agence France Presse

This report filed October 25, 2006

The directors of ProTour cycling teams meeting in Paris this week are calling for the use of DNA evidence to identify doping cheats involved in the Operaci?n Puerto scandal.

The directors want all cyclists implicated in the Spanish affair to agree to take DNA tests that would categorically prove whether or not their blood samples were held in the laboratory owned by Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes.

"All the teams will ask their riders to agree before January 1, 2007, to the UCI (International Cycling Union) using DNA testing if necessary, particularly in the Puerto affair," a spokesperson for the teams' association(AIGCP) told AFP.

Cyclists implicated in the Puerto scandal would have to do so before being allowed to sign a new contract.

That could have implications for Germany's Jan Ullrich and Italian Ivan Basso, both suspended from the Tour de France in July for their alleged implication in the Spanish doping ring.

Until now, both have refused to take DNA tests, but neither has a contract as of yet and may be forced to submit a sample prior to signing on for a new team.

The ProTour teams had already implemented a number of measures in a meeting at the world championships in Salzburg last month.

Here, UCI president Pat McQuaid and new UCI anti-doping manager Anne Gripper called for cooperation among those involved in cycling in the battle against doping.

That included a call for tougher internal sanctions, financial support from teams and riders in the out of competition fight against doping and support for DNA testing.

 

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Ha! Ha!, wonder how many cyclists will suddenly "retire"!!!!

you can bet your bottom dollar they will moan something like:

It's unfair that we are treated like animals, I'm tired of this bullsh*t, I've had enough and am quiting cycling!!!!
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I think the UCI code of ethics stink. This goes for sponsors to. They should adopt the principle of innocent until proven guilty. In Basso and Ullrich's case possibly the greatest Tour De France (2006) was messed up because of incompetent reporting etc. Cycling in general has suffered huge repercussions because of alleged incidents that now seem to have no backing.

Hopefully we can now see an epic battle between the two giants in next years TDF.

 

Are you crazy?? They are both guilty and lack of evidence or police incompetence doesn't change the fact. The fact that the biggest doping ring since festina has unfolded and almost all of the 50 cheating riders are scott free is disgusting' date=' while innocent riders are suffering (and will suffer) due to the collapse of many teams and loss of jobs.

 

Ha! Ha!, wonder how many cyclists will suddenly "retire"!!!!

you can bet your bottom dollar they will moan something like:

It's unfair that we are treated like animals, I'm tired of this bullsh*t, I've had enough and am quiting cycling!!!!

 

Too true, too true. Unfortunately I dont think they will be able to implement this, but we can always hope.
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One question on Der Kaizer, can he now sue Telekom for break of contract?  He'll get millions, and if done correctly even more because of possible winnings.

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