Ullrich denies alleged Fuentes link

Jan Ullrich and his team have denied there is or has ever been any link between the T-Mobile leader

Jan Ullrich and his team have denied there is or has ever been any link between the T-Mobile leader

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After his name was once again linked with the Operacion Puerto investigation over the weekend, Jan Ullrich has denied ever having had any link to Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor at the centre of the Spanish inquiry. "That has nothing to do with me," said in a statement released by T-Mobile. Ullrich's sporting director and mentor Rudy Pevenage added: "We have done nothing wrong."

T-Mobile communications director Christian Frommert said the team were trying to establish where the accusations, which appeared in El Pais over the weekend, originally stemmed from. "These are serious accusations. We are in contact with all the people concerned, particularly the Spanish investigators," explained Frommert.

El Pais had claimed that two code names - Hijo Rudicio (son of Rudicio) and Jan may have been used to describe Ullrich. "Some names were easy to decipher whereas others were more complicated," said El Pais. "According to the investigators, Rudicio was Rudy, Rudy Pevenage, the Belgian sports director who the past few years has become Jan Ullrich's sporting father."

Ullrich's case does not appear to have been helped by Spanish team-mate Oscar Sevilla, whose name has also cropped up during the investigation and who, El Pais has also claimed, recently told other riders: "If they sack me, they have to sack Ullrich too, he's also involved."

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