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Ullrich verdict set for January


Ullrich verdict set for January


Germany’s Jan Ullrich will find out in January whether he’ll get a lifetime ban from cycling following his involvement in the Operation Puerto anti-doping probe in Spain five years ago.

The scandal broke in May 2006 when Spanish police uncovered more than 200 code-named blood bags, some of which were linked to cyclists.

Ullrich retired following the incident and a German criminal probe ended when he agreed to pay a large sum to charity.

Both the International cycling union and Swiss Anti-Doping appealed, disputing the Swiss Olympic Committee’s decision to discontinue legal action against the former T-Mobile rider.

Ullrich, who has denied any wrongdoing, became the first German to win the Tour de France in 1997.

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