Former Tour champion Ullrich arrested over alleged attack

Annette Crawford
August 10, 2018

Former Tour de France victor Jan Ullrich has been arrested for allegedly attacking and injuring a prostitute while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Frankfurt police headquarters are pictured after former German cyclist and Tour de France victor Jan Ullrich was detained in Frankfurt, Germany, August 10, 2018.

Police spokesperson Carina Lerch said the retired German cyclist was arrested after police were called to the hotel.

Ullrich, the only German cyclist to ever win the Tour de France, is in police custody following the arrest early Friday morning.

German police confirmed that a 44-year-old hotel guest had been arrested following a "physical confrontation".


Now in custody, Ullrich, 44, was "under the influence of alcohol and drugs" during his arrest, said prosecutor Nadja Niesent. Mr Ullrich said he was only trying to talk to his neighbour. Police said he argued with an "escort lady" and "physically attacked and injured her". Lerch said no further details could be given on her condition while police were investigating. He allegedly forced his way onto the property of his neighbor, German actor and director Til Schweiger, and provoked a fight in his garden.

Earlier this week, the Ullrich opened up to German newspaper Bild about his separation from his wife and children. He said he had not seen his three sons since Easter. "I have done things as a result that I very much regret", Ullrich told the mass circulation daily.

"Almost everyone took performance-enhancing substances then". He also told me that he had a prescription for cocaine'.

Ullrich served a two-year ban for doping in 2012, five years after he retired in 2007.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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