Ex-Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich arrested for ‘assaulting prostitute’


Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a prostitute in Frankfurt, police say.

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

The 44-year-old ‘was under the influence of alcohol and drugs’ upon arrest, a police spokesman said.

The incident took place just one week after Ullrich was detained by police in Mallorca, after forcibly entering his neighbour’s house and threatening him.

Arrested: Jan Ullrich, 44, pictured in 2015, allegedly assaulted a prostitute in Frankfurt, just one week after being arrested in Mallorca for threatening a neighbour

Arrested: Jan Ullrich, 44, pictured in 2015, allegedly assaulted a prostitute in Frankfurt, just one week after being arrested in Mallorca for threatening a neighbour

Arrested: Jan Ullrich, 44, pictured in 2015, allegedly assaulted a prostitute in Frankfurt, just one week after being arrested in Mallorca for threatening a neighbour

The assault took place at a luxury hotel after Ullrich got into an argument with the prostitute, and according to the victim, physically assaulted her.

Ullrich was staying in Frankfurt in order to receive treatment for alcohol and drug abuse, German media reports.

The former pro-cyclist had sought treatment after being detained on Mallorca last Friday over ‘forceful entry and threats’ on his neighbour, German actor and film director Til Schweiger, in Palma de Majorca.

Schweiger, best known to international audiences as Sgt Hugo Stiglitz in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, told German media that the pair used to be close. 

Schweiger told Bild that Ullrich ‘had almost become a family member but when his wife left him he started taking amphetamines: he would only sleep for two hours.

‘He’d start drinking beer at 6am and went on like that until the evening. He also told me that he had a prescription for cocaine.’ 

The former cyclist, pictured on the podium in 1997, is known for being the only German to have won the Tour de France 

The former cyclist, pictured on the podium in 1997, is known for being the only German to have won the Tour de France 

The former cyclist, pictured on the podium in 1997, is known for being the only German to have won the Tour de France 

Ullrich was questioned by a judge on Saturday, and subsequently released and given a restraining order, a court spokeswoman said.

The former cyclist is known for being the only German to have won the Tour de France in 1997, and also won Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000.

But he was then embroiled in doping allegations and excluded from the 2006 Tour de France over his links to the Operation Puerto scandal that centred on disgraced doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who gave performance-enhancing blood transfusions to top cyclists.

He finally came clean in 2013 about his doping past. 



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