Expert: Ullrich spent big money on drugs


BERLIN: German cyclist Jan Ullrich spent 35,000 euros in one year on performance-enhancing drugs, an anti-doping campaigner who claims to have seen a damning dossier against the disgraced rider said on Thursday. 

Ullrich was barred from last month's Tour de France after being named by Spanish investigators as one of a list of athletes suspected of collaborating with a doctor heading a blood-doping network. 

The claim that the 32-year-old was a major drugs user was made by professor Werner Franke, a German anti-doping specialist. 

“I inspected the file on Jan Ullrich compiled (by Spanish police) in Madrid and all I can say is that it's been some time since I've seen so much bad stuff,” Franke told local television station Rheinmaintv. 

“Some of the people in his entourage are truly diabolical to advise him to take these products and to put him in contact with the Spanish doctor.” 

Franke, who was responsible for exposing the culture of systematic doping of athletes in the former east Germany after the Berlin Wall came down, added: “Ullrich must have spent 35,000 euros in a single year to cover his doping requirements.” 

Ullrich, the 1997 Tour winner, protests his innocence and denies taking drugs. – AFP  

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