Ullrich to make a comeback?

Jan Ullrich could make a return to the world of cycling, playing a role in a new German professional team.

In an interview with German paper Bild Ullrich’s former Telekom team-mate Danilo Hondo said that he was in the process of creating a German team and that Ullrich could have a role as an advisor.

“This team would include German racers and sponsors,” Hondo told the paper. “Jan is always a magnet which could make things move things.”

Hondo hinted that the team may be ready to compete in the 2010 season.

Ullrich, winner of the Tour de France in 1997, was heavily implicated in the Operacion Puerto organised doping investigation which centred around the Madrid clinic of Dr Eufemiano Fuentes. Although never suspended, Ullrich was barred from riding the 2006 Tour and announced his retirement from the sport in February 2007.

Hondo himself has also been at the centre of doping charges – and he served a ban from competition after failing a test for banned substance carphedon in 2005. Hondo currently rides for the PSK Whirlpool squad.


April 2008: Ullrich buys his way out of trouble

February 2007: Ullrich announces retirement

June 2006: Ullrich sacked by T-Mobile