Jan Ullrich's money woes continue. After being fired from the T-Mobile Team on July 20, three days before the conclusion of the Tour de France, he may now have to pay money back to Günther Dahms, owner of the former Coast team.
According to German magazine Der Spiegel, Dahms is looking into a repayment of funds on the grounds of Ullrich being implicated with Operación Puerto. "It was clearly stated in Coast's contract with Ullrich that doping was forbidden," Dahms said.
Ullrich rode for Team Coast at the start of the 2003 season. Soon afterwards, Dahms' financial problems saw the sponsorship taken over by Bianchi before the Tour de France, and Coast ceased to exist.
Ullrich and Dahms are already in court over payment problems. A court in Duisburg, Germany, ordered Dams to pay €1,6 million back to Ullrich; that ruling has been appealed and a further ruling is pending.
"After hearing the latest news, I will not pay him any more and demand that he return what I have already paid him," said Dahms.