Jan Ullrich has broken his silence, giving an interview in L'Equipe in which he said that he felt he was the scapegoat, who others are using to make money from. "Looking back, it seems as if my suspension didn't help anything," he said. "The problem is not me, but cycling itself."
He refused to confess to doping, and speculated as to why his former teammates Erik Zabel and Rolf Aldag had done so. "I find their comments rather funny, especially when you think what they said about me when they were both presenting themselves as clean," Ullrich added. "I don't owe anyone anything and have enough money to live on until the end of my days. But they probably had to admit their failures in order to keep on working."
In addition, Ullrich said that no one needed to worry about him. "I know that some people think I am on the verge of suicide," he said. "But I'm still here and am very happy with my life." SW