German officials investigating alleged doping offences have searched Jan Ullrich’s home in Switzerla
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Good and bad news for Jan Ullrich, who should be enjoying himself anyway at the moment following his marriage last weekend to his girlfriend, Sara. The bad news for the German is that his Swiss home was searched yesterday by representatives of the state prosecutors in Bonn and the Germany’s federal crime office (BKA) as part of an investigation into alleged doping.
Ullrich’s home in Scherzingen, near the German border, was one of 10 searched by officials from the BKA and a team of investigators. Ullrich’s manager, Wolfgang Strohband, also had properties in Hamburg searched on Wednesday, and said the raids had taken him by surprise. “I wasn’t contacted, so I don’t know anything,” he told German news agency SID. “But we have called in our lawyers. They will look at what steps we should take next.”
Ullrich was sacked by the T-Mobile team earlier this summer after he was implicated in the Operacion Puerto investigation in Spain. T-Mobile’s HQ in Bonn was also searched. “We were of course cooperative,” said team spokesman Christian Frommert.
The good news for Ullrich also stems from that case after a court in Hamburg ruled that German doping expert Werner Franke could no longer claim Ullrich had paid Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes for banned substances. Heidelberg-based Franke claimed in August Ullrich had paid Fuentes, the alleged head of the blood-doping ring under investigation in Spain, 35,000 euros for banned substances.
Before leaving on his honeymoon, Ullrich also revealed he had received several offers from pro teams. “All I have to do now is decide for whom I want to ride,” he told Bunte magazine.