Under-fire Ullrich gets Armstrong’s support

BERLIN: Jan Ullrich has received support from former rival Lance Armstrong after Germany’s only Tour de France winner admitted doping with the help of Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.

Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France winner, told Monday’s edition of newspaper Focus that he was part of Fuentes’ doping network, but insisted he had used no other doping substance other than his own blood.

Having drawn sharp criticism from the cycling community after his confession, Ullrich received some support from his old rival Armstrong, who also admitted to doping in January.

“Jan Ullrich? Warm hearted. Amazing athlete. Great competitor. Loved toeing the line with you, my friend,” tweeted Armstrong on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

Ullrich, who retired in 2007, finished second to Armstrong three times on the Tour de France with both riders having their records erased from the history books for doping.

The US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) last year published a devastating report, accusing Armstrong of orchestrating the biggest doping programme in the history of sport.

He was later banned from cycling for life and stripped of his record seven Tour de France wins.

He admitted in a television interview aired in January that those victories were fuelled by a cocktail of banned drugs.

Read more :
  • Rafael Nadal to snatch top spot back
    Rafael Nadal has set his sights on reclaiming the number one spot in the world tennis rankings next year. The Spaniard has relinquished the accolade to Serbian pro Novak Djokovic, who won ...
  • Deadly Djokovic batters Berdych to reach semis
    MELBOURNE - Serbian superman Novak Djokovic remained firmly on course for a third straight Australian Open title on Tuesday after dismantling Tomas Berdych in four sets to set up a last fou...
  • Spurs to go for broke in Game 6
    Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs reacts in tahe fourth quarter while taking on the Miami Heat during Game Five of the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Te...
  • Local aces brace for Rancho Palos Verdes showdown
    Elmer Salvador rejoins the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour, completing a deep cast of Davaoeno shotmakers tipped to lead the chase for top honors in the P1 million ICTSI Rancho Palos Verdes Clas...
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga happy with World Tour draw
    Number seven seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has revealed that he is happy with his draw for the ATP World Tours Finals next week. The Frenchman has been drawn alongside former world number ones R...
  • UE Warriors emerge among Season 76 title contenders
    After an impressive preseason campaign, the University of the East (UE) is now considered as one of the title contenders in the University Athletic Association (UAAP) of the Philippines Sea...
  • David Ferrer beats wildcard Nicolas Mahut to reach third round
    David Ferrer has defeated wildcard Nicolas Mahut in straight sets to claim a spot in the third round of the Paris Masters. The Spaniard claimed a 6-4 6-4 win over Mahut to progress to the ...
  • Huey, partner resume title hunt in The Netherlands
    Filipino-American Treat Huey and British Dominic Inglot will resume their campaign in the Topshelf Open being held in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. Huey and Inglot will be up against Germ...