Jan Ullrich admits to doping: “I cheated”
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Jan Ullrich admits to doping: “I cheated”

Former cyclist Jan Ullrichthe only winner of the Tour de France in Germany, once again did it He confirmed that he had participated in doping during his careerstating that this is something that is “accepted as the norm” in sports and that it would be difficult for him to give up such practices. Ullrich he retired from cycling in 2007, claiming at the time that he had never cheated.

Now 50, Ullrich admitted he had been living a lie, but explained that quitting doping “would probably mean the end” of his career.

Cheering was part of the game, Ullrich says

“I cheated in the end, yes. What we did was not right,” he told German television FROM DFadding that those responsible for his team told him that doping is just a part of sport. “From this point of view, it’s natural that you think about it, that you want the same weapon. You don’t want to go into a gunfight with a knife, that’s just the way it is– he justified.

In some ways, Ullrich felt that doping was just another way for him to further demonstrate his talent. “I thought it was part of being a professional and went with the flow,” he said, before turning the conversation to the EPO (Erythropoietin – a hormone that controls the formation of red blood cells).

When I found out that it was widely used, I definitely wanted to take part in it,” he admitted. Ullrich’s career ended in 2006 after he was fired from the T-Mobile team due to a doping scandal involving Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes. Until November last year, he did not admit to using doping substances – shortly before the premiere of the four-part Amazon Prime documentary Pursued.

Ullrich’s fall from grace

In the series, Ullrich finally confessed the truth about his doping past, and also talked about his struggles with alcohol and cocaine abuse, as well as his run-ins with the law after retiring. “It would be wrong to say that I have not deceived anyone. I meant my opponents, but of course there were also fans. I hope that everyone who watches the documentary will at least put themselves in my shoes. Today I feel lighter and have made peace with my past.” – he said then.

In his latest interview with FROM DF, Ullrich admitted this when he was expelled in 2006, he was in a “state of shock”. “You tell yourself you’re not doing anything that’s illegal,” he said, speaking on his own behalf and on behalf of the cycling community, while stating that the International Cycling Union (UCI) was well aware of the practice but remained silent.

“I didn’t want to believe they were eliminating meespecially my team because internally they knew what was going on,” he said. Ullrich said his subsequent problems were the result of persistent doping accusations. “I couldn’t think of anything better than drugs and alcohol.” he confessed.

At one point, during the highest tide, he drank whiskey “as if it were water,” although he claims he has done so now “has nothing to do with these substances”. He concluded: “I personally believe that the system can only change if the governing body of world sport remains vigilant.”