German prosecutors set to offer deal to Ullrich

By AFP | Monday, March 10, 2008 12.00am

German prosecutors are reported to be prepared to drop doping charges against Jan Ullrich if the fallen cycling star cooperates with their inquiry and pays a one million euro fine.

The report, which appears in Monday's edition of Focus magazine, suggests the tribunal in Bonn handling Ullrich's case is set to present this deal to the former T-Mobile rider's lawyers.

The German has always denied ever using performance-enhancing substances, but prosecutors in Bonn claim to have proof Ullrich had packets of his blood stored in the office of Eufemiano Fuentes, the Spanish doctor whose blood doping network network was exposed in 2006.

Ullrich was sacked by T-Mobile in July 2006 after he was banned from competing in that year's Tour de France.

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