Give seven Tour de France titles back to Lance Armstrong suggests Jan Ullrich
Due to prevalence of doping, American should have his titles reinstated
Friday 02 August 2013
Lance Armstrong should have his seven Tour de France victories reinstated owing to the prevalence of doping at the time, according to former cyclist Jan Ullrich.
Ullrich, who won the Tour in 1997, finished second to Armstrong on three occasions but the German declined to stake a claim for his former rival's stripped titles.
"I would give Armstrong the Tour victories back... that's how it was back then," Ullrich told Sport Bild magazine. "It doesn't help anyone to draw a line through the winners' list. I only want victories that I've experienced on the bike." Ullrich admitted in June to receiving blood treatments from Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, on the grounds that everyone else was doing the same and that he wanted "an equal opportunity".
He was stripped of third place in the 2005 Tour and banned for two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in February last year for doping offences. Last month, a French inquiry uncovered proof Ullrich used EPO when he finished second to 1998 Tour champion Marco Pantani, who also used the banned blood-booster. Pantani died from a drug overdose in 2004.
Meanwhile, Mark Cavendish is to be reunited with his favoured lead-out man after Omega Pharma-QuickStep announced the signing of Australian Mark Renshaw. Renshaw piloted Cavendish at HTC-Highroad from 2009 to 2011. The Belgian squad have also recruited Colombian climber Rigoberto Uran from Team Sky. Both riders have signed two-year deals.
Harry Potter actor suffered 'severe flu-like symptoms' on a flight from London to Orlando
First full-length look is finally here
World cities ranked in terms of safety, food security and 'liveability'
Latest in Sport
Brooklyn Beckham poses in Arsenal training kit following rumours of signing for the Gunners
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea could leave for FREE; £38m for Marquinhos; £37m bid for Mats Hummels;
Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United to make £37m Mats Hummels bid; Inter plan Yaya Toure move; Shola Ameobi joins Crystal Palace
Australian Open 2015: Novak Djokovic vs Stan Wawrinka match preview
Danny Ings to Liverpool: The Reds attempt to steal a march on rivals in race to sign Burnley striker
- 2 The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
£26000 - £31000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Digital Content Manager is re...
£40000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£14000 - £17500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The successful applicant will b...
£41500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is going through a period o...