The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) today found Jan Ullrich guilty of doping in relation to Operación Puerto. It upheld an appeal by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), banned the retired German cyclist for two years and stripped his results since May 1, 2005 – including a podium place at the Tour de France.

“Jan Ullrich was in personal contact with Dr Eufemiano Fuentes and paid more than €80,000 to him,” read a CAS press release. “DNA analysis confirmed that his profile matched blood bags ready for doping.”

Ullrich’s suspension starts retroactively from August 22, 2011, and runs for two years. The results stripped include everything from May 1, 2005, until he retired in July 2006.

He finished second in the final Saint-Étienne time trial and third overall behind Lance Armstrong in the 2005 Tour de France. Ivan Basso (Team CSC) second and Francisco Mancebo (Illes Balears) fourth, both were linked to Fuentes.

The decision means Ullrich will lose five wins:
– 2005 Tour of Switzerland stage 2 TT (he finished 3rd overall)
– 2005 Tour of Germany stage 8 TT (2nd overall)
– 2006 Giro d’Italia stage 11 TT
– 2006 Tour of Switzerland stage 9 TT and overall title

The Spanish Guardia Civil police made several raids in Spain in May 2006, at the same time as the Giro d’Italia. They found coded blood bags, which were later linked to cyclists, and evidence of payments. As the investigation intensified, several teams and riders were prohibited, including Ullrich, or decided not to start the 2006 Tour. He was fired by German team, T-Mobile on July 20 and subsequently retired.

Ullrich and Basso were the only two cyclists who came close to toppling Armstrong during his seven year Tour reign, 1999 to 2005. The CAS, though, ruled that there was evidence of doping.

The CAS press release stated what the UCI’s evidence showed:
1) Fuentes was engaged in the provision of doping services to athletes
2) Ullrich travelled in the vicinity of Fuentes’ operations on multiple occasions and Ullrich was in personal contact with him
3) Ullrich paid more than €80,000 Fuentes for services that have not been particularised
4) DNA analysis confirmed that Jan Ullrich’s genetic profile matched blood bags ready for use for doping purposes

The UCI filed an appeal with the CAS on March 22, 2010, to annul the Swiss Olympic’s decision to close the case. It also asked the court to give Ullrich a lifetime suspension and strip all results from 29 May 2002.

“The CAS Panel rejected the request of the UCI to impose a lifetime ban on Ullrich, considering that the first doping offence that he committed in 2002 was due to the ingestion of amphetamines out-of-competition. Since 2002, amphetamines have been reclassified and their presence constitutes an anti-doping violation only if they are found in an athlete’s system in-competition.”

The CAS only considered the Fuentes connection Ullrich’s first anti-doping violation and according banned him for two years.

Related links

Ullrich to hear fate from CAS on Thursday

Jan Ullrich returns

April 2008: Ullrich buys his way out of trouble

April 2007: DNA tests confirm Ullrich link to Operaction Puerto

July 2006: T-Mobile sack Ullrich and Sevilla

  • Graham

    Two year ban? Even a lifetime ban five years later is no disincentive. Most sports people make large earnings from endorsing products. A ban after you retire is no threat. Look at Linford Christie, tested positive at one of his last events, allegedly under similar circumstances to Contadors +ve. He took the ban, saved the legal fees and retired to run his businesses.

  • roginoz

    Both Jan and Lance had no father figure in their youth. Lance had a strong mum then a great team which bought great riders as domestiques and a clever directeur sportif. Jan did not, bar Vino,Kloden and Bolts. He did not have the guidance in a pressured life so he made mistakes Despite this, he would have beaten LA several times if he had had the same support and a boss with tactical nous.He also could have beaten his leader Riis in 96 if he had wanted but he was truly loyal. The greatest mistake he made was not taking Riis s offer to join Team CSC.It is always easy to criticise.LA recognised that Jan had the physical ability to beat him.

  • Richard Holmes

    OK now lets match the DNA for the rest of the blood bags to their owners. Of course there is no appetite in Spain for their footballers, tennis stars, athletes…to be exposed rather than an Italian and German cyclist. If Alberto is as clean as he claims and the victim of a rouge cattle doper will he insist that the bags of blood suspected to belong to him be tested to confirm they do not contain his blood?

  • George L

    Jan rules. Period.

    Been saying it for years EPO is meant to
    improve performance by 10% and super clean LA wiped the floor.

    and as LA said once before on top of the TDF podium he feels sorry for those that don’t believe. Feel sorry for me then.

  • adam

    I think there’s no doubt LA was an astonishing athlete, as were all the other riders who tested positive. But the idea that he was entirely clean and, as Oli says, still put all that time into all those other dopers…. Hmmm…

  • Brian Trudell

    Banned two years from wading into the cesspool. If I was Jan I’d feel relieved.

  • Ken Evans

    2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,
    I make that about SEVEN YEARS !
    That is ridiculous !

    Could it be that lawyers are deliberately go slowly,
    to collect more fees ?

  • Mike

    So….. Ullrich ends up with 18 months to serve, and Contador ends up with 6 months.

    Explain please????

  • Tom Graham

    A doped rider winning a race robs the moral, clean, otherwise winner, of a place on the top step of the podium, of the prestige of winning, and the publicity which this attracts for the rider and team sponsors. It impacts negatively on the clean rider’s palmares, with all that that means when contract renegotiation comes around. Even if a winner is later revealed to have doped, it’s too late, the day of glory is lost, and the moral winner is history. For the doped riders who are caught 2 years isn’t a long time to wait. The only real deterrent to a rider would be the knowledge that if you dope you get a lifetime ban.

  • Oli

    So Lance Armstrong was not doping (he maintains), yet he put nearly five minutes in to the second placed rider (Basso, who was linked to Fuentes), six into Ullrich and ten in to Mancebo (again, also linked). And in fifth came Vino, that reliably clean sporting hero. I can’t help but smell porkies.