By Susan Westemeyer
The many legal problems and investigations involving pro cycling took a strange turn, as it was announced last week that the Hamburg, Germany, district attorney is investigating TV station ARD for its payments to Jan Ullrich. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that the investigation concerns the misuse of public funds, as the ARD is financed by the German taxpayers.
Following the announcement of Ullrich's involvement in the Operación Puerto investigation, ARD announced that it was cancelling its contract with Ullrich for exclusive interviews and appearances. The ARD had paid Ullrich up to €230,000 a year plus performance bonuses.