German team T-Mobile have reacted to the DNA test news confirming bags of blood seized as part of Operación Puerto were from their former team leader Jan Ullrich.
"I'm disappointed that Jan has to finish his career in this way but unfortunately not surprised," said T-Mobile spokesman Christian Frommert to news channel N24. "When we decided to pull Jan Ullrich from the team for the 2006 Tour de France, he insisted that contrary to elements which were available to us that he had never been in contact with Fuentes. Information from prosecutors in Bonn proves the contrary."
Frommert requested that authorities test other riders whose names have surfaced in connection with the scandal. "The case of Ullrich proves that DNA comparisons are worth it," Frommert said. Other riders could include the likes of Ivan Basso, whose name came up in Operación Puerto, although he was cleared to race by Italian authorities. CSC released Basso, who now races for Discovery Channel.
Ullrich has consistently denied using any banned substances. After not finding a team for 2007, the 1997 Tour de France winner announced his retirement on February 26.
Cyclingnews' recent coverage of 'Operación Puerto'
April 2, 2009 - Valverde indignant over possible suspension
April 1, 2009 - Valverde: Italy requests two-year suspension
March 13, 2009 - Le Monde newspaper hit with fine over Puerto allegations
March 2, 2009 - WADA president Fahey asks for Puerto evidence
February 24, 2009 - Spanish federation seeks access to Puerto blood bags
February 20, 2009 - CONI considers Valverde case while UCI awaits verdict
February 19, 2009 - Valverde under criminal investigation
February 11, 2009 - Valverde summonsed for Operación Puerto in Italy
February 8, 2009 - Eight charged in Operación Puerto