32 Facts About Jan Ullrich


Jan Ullrich won the 1999 Vuelta a Espana and the HEW Cyclassics in front of a home crowd in Hamburg in 1997.

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Jan Ullrich's victorious ride in the 1997 Tour de France led to a bicycle boom in Germany.

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In 2006, Jan Ullrich was barred from the Tour de France amid speculation of having doped.

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In February 2012, Jan Ullrich was found guilty of a doping offence by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Jan Ullrich was retroactively banned from 22 August 2011, and all results gained since May 2005 were removed from his Palmares.

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Jan Ullrich was educated in the sports training system of the German Democratic Republic attending the KJS sports school in Berlin in 1986.

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In 1993, aged 19, Jan Ullrich won the amateur road title at the UCI Road World Championships in Oslo, as Lance Armstrong won the professional championship.

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In 1995, Jan Ullrich turned professional for the Telekom team under Walter Godefroot.

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Jan Ullrich achieved top ten placings on stages of the 1995 Tour de Suisse.

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Jan Ullrich started the 1995 Vuelta a Espana later that year only to abandon on stage 12.

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Jan Ullrich gave up a place in the 1996 German Olympic team to ride his first Tour.

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Jan Ullrich had 2 wins before the 1997 Tour; a stage in the Tour de Suisse and the national Road Race championship a week before the tour.

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At 23, Jan Ullrich was the fourth youngest winner of the Tour since 1947.

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Jan Ullrich was chosen "sports person of the year" in Germany in 1997.

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Jan Ullrich had a knee injury and could not ride the 1999 Tour, which ended in the first of seven 'victories' for Lance Armstrong.

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Jan Ullrich rode well in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

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In May 2002, Jan Ullrich had his driver's license revoked after a drunk driving incident.

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Jan Ullrich maintained a low profile for the early season, surfacing in the 2005 Tour de Suisse, which he finished third behind Aitor Gonzalez and Michael Rogers.

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Day before the 2005 Tour de France, Jan Ullrich was training when his team car stopped unexpectedly.

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On 3 August 2006, doping expert Werner Franke claimed Jan Ullrich purchased about €35,000 worth of doping products a year based on documents uncovered in the Operacion Puerto doping case.

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On 18 October 2006, Jan Ullrich laid off his personal physiotherapist Birgit Krohme.

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One day later, Jan Ullrich canceled his licence of the Swiss Cycling Federation, and was looking for a different federation for a licence of 2007.

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IOC has investigated if Jan Ullrich should be stripped of his gold medal won at the 2000 Olympic Games, which was possible because there was an eight-year deadline for investigations, and the investigation started after seven years.

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The Swiss investigation was still ongoing at that time, but they closed the case in February 2010, because Jan Ullrich was no longer member of the Swiss Cycling Federation, and so they had no jurisdiction after he retired.

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In 2010, with the doping allegations still ongoing, Jan Ullrich was diagnosed with burn-out, and avoided public appearances for a few months.

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Jan Ullrich was retroactively banned from 22 August 2011, and all results gained since May 2005 were removed from his Palmares.

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Jan Ullrich's name was on the list of doping tests published by the French Senate on 24 July 2013 that were collected during the 1998 Tour de France and found positive for EPO when retested in 2004.

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At the 2000 Sydney Olympics Jan Ullrich finished 1st in the men's road race and 2nd in the men's time trial race.

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Jan Ullrich lived in Merdingen, Germany, from 1994 to 2002 with his partner, Gaby Weiss, with whom he had a daughter, Sarah Maria, on 1 July 2003.

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In September 2006 Jan Ullrich married Sara Steinhauser, the sister of his former teammate and training partner, Tobias Steinhauser.

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In 2017, Jan Ullrich was convicted of drunk driving in Switzerland after a 2014 car crash in which two people were injured.

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Jan Ullrich featured on a podcast with Lance Armstrong covering the 2021 UCI Road World Championships, in which Jan Ullrich said that he was fully recovered from his personal difficulties but that he had almost suffered the same fate as Marco Pantani, who died following acute cocaine poisoning in 2004.

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