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Ullrich may be sued for perjury

Susan Westemeyer
July 30, 2013, 09:37,
July 30, 2013, 12:55
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Germany's Jan Ullrich during the

Germany's Jan Ullrich during the

  • Germany's Jan Ullrich during the
  • Jan Ullrich (Team Bianchi) trailed by Lance Armstrong (US Postal-Berry Floor), Haimar Zubeldia and Iban Mayo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) on the climb of the Tourmalet at the 2003 Tour de France.

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German may have lied to court about not doping in early 2003, attorney claims

Jan Ullrich may be the next to make a fuller doping confession, according to the German media. It is being reported that his management and the German National Anti-Doping Agency plan to meet early in August for discussions. More ominously for the only German Tour de France winner, however, was the news that he may be tried for perjury, dating back to when he testified that he did not dope during his time with Team Coast in 2003.

Neither the NADA nor Ullrich's management had a comment on the proposed meeting, the SID news agency reported. The possibility of an extended confession comes after Ullrich's name appeared as “positive” for EPO at the 1998 Tour de France. His teammate Erik Zabel earlier this week admitted to having used doping products for years.

Ullrich retired in 2007 after his name arose in association with Operacion Puerto and Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes in 2006. While he never admitted to doping earlier, he finally admitted recently that he had been a patient of Fuentes.

Ullrich joined Team Coast in January 2003, bringing with him sport director Rudy Pevenage. The team had financial problems and was twice suspended by the UCI for failing to pay its riders. In late May of 2003, Bianchi took over sponsorship of the team.

The perjury charges stem from a 2008 case in which former Team Coast owner Günther Dahms sued Ullrich for contract violations. Dahms wanted damages plus interest on the grounds that Ullrich doped while with the team, which violated the contract, while Ullrich countersued for unpaid wages. The court ruled in Ullrich's favour.

At court in Düsseldorf, Germany, Ullrich swore under oath that while with Team Coast for the first three months of 2003, he did not dope or use any illegal methods.

He was specifically asked about doping products or methods, including any kind of blood doping, and about contacts to Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes. Concerning Fuentes, he said that he had no personal contact with Fuentes in this time period, nor were there payments to him.

Attorney Knut Marel, who represented Dahms in the case, disputes this and siad that he is planning a legal complaint against Ullrich “Conscious lying to a court is a crime,” he told the SID news agency.

His grounds are that it has been proven that Ullrich visited Fuentes on April19-20, 2003. “It has been shown that he spent the night near the airport in Madrid in a hotel which the Guardia Civil has identified as Fuentes' 'doper hotel'. He received a re-infusion of blood. That always took place around three to four weeks after the blood was removed, so this must have taken place in March 2003 – the time period for which Jan Ullrich denies all doping.”

A conviction for perjury in Germany carries a mandatory minimum sentence of one-year imprisonment.

thehog More than 1 year ago
He was a nice guy though.
Ryo Hazuki More than 1 year ago
ullrich being suded for perjury while the biggest fraud and perjurer armstrong goes free. the world has lost it's mind
thehog More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure Armstrong has gone free. He does have a $90m law suit to contented with lodged by the government.
Leo Spicer-Phelps More than 1 year ago
As you'll be aware - the USPS ought to have known that he was doping, so obviously they can't sue him ...
LaBici More than 1 year ago
duh! but suing they are
veganpotter More than 1 year ago
True...only an idiot wouldn't have seen it. There's dozens of them posting here right now. How the hell couldn't you know??? Personally...I say Lance should lose all his money and it should all go to improving doping controls.
deboat More than 1 year ago
I don't like the idea that years later Ullrich gets sued for doping because I enjoyed watching him race and it kind of makes me feel dirty but this would be the biggest deterrent for the young guys that in tens years time they will be sued for big money for doping and then telling lies about it.
webvan More than 1 year ago
That "Team Coast " lawsuit seems frivolous, at best, even in 2008, a guy who failed to pay his riders wants his money back ?! Now they're arguing that since he saw Fuentes in April 2003 (outside the period he swore he didn't dope) he must have already seen him a month before, yet they have no proof? This is going to be thrown out in a hurry!!
mr. tibbs More than 1 year ago
Can't help but figure that a truly full confession will also implicate Klodi, who will then likely retire. Mixed feelings about that, because Ullrich and Kloden are among my favorite cyclists. Still, when I think about guys like Bassons... Ugh. What a mess. Hopefully Ullrich does the decent thing: come clean, tell the ENTIRE story without protecting cronies/the system, and accept the consequences. If any of the dominant GC guys from that era (Armstrong, Basso, et al) are capable of doing so, I think it's him. Well, I hope it's him. ;(
veganpotter More than 1 year ago
Thats their fault and your problem. Again...a bit moronic to think a guy that was hitting the line near Armstrong at the top of some epic climbs did so without "assistance"
kdogg64 More than 1 year ago
It's rather absurd that only LA's titles were stripped and yet many of the winners still retain their titles. They should throw out the most of the winnners from the 1980s through the mid/late-2000s.
red_flanders More than 1 year ago
It's Armstrong's fault for not co-operating. Had to fight them tooth and nail to the last, and got the big smackdown. Sorry, no sympathy. As always, Armstrong releases some BS to the press and people just repeat it.
philpaque More than 1 year ago
Gran Fondo's for all of them - no testing.
Lord.Bachus More than 1 year ago
If they ever want everyone from that time to be honest and actually want to know what really happened, this is actually the worst thing to do.. Give everyone a chance to come forward and talk without anyone being punnished or loosing his job, only then you can get the whole dirty truth and finally close the book of the past and start working towards a bright future.. Now they are punishing everyone that comes forth and tells the truth.
cyclemike66 More than 1 year ago
It's not about the dirty truth guys. There aren't any moral agendas at play here. It's about making money! If he can be sued or scared into coughing some of it up, there will be those that go after him for it. Ulrich is vulnerable right now. People want to kick his arse while he is down and drain his bank account while they're at it. Plain and simple. It's about getting his money.
Christopher Clarke More than 1 year ago
ain't that the sad truth. human society stinks sometimes.
route66 More than 1 year ago
Most riders of any generation were cheating in some form or another.So be it.Makes the races alot better to watch.The feds should keep there nose out of sports,all sports.
UomoDelGhiaccio More than 1 year ago
Doping in one form or another has existed since the early 1900's. Personally, I feel that the records should stand, but have a asterisk along side when evidence of doping has been proven. This however would result is a list full of asterisks. I have the most problems with former cyclists such as Greg Lemond who claim to be clean, but had moments where his performance improved to blow away the competition after having an terrible day the previous day.