To say he’s got a lot to talk about may be the greatest understatement of the century.
Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich of Germany appears ready to come clean at last and confess to doping in his career, his manager Falk Nier suggested on Tuesday ahead of an expected Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling on the rider.
The ruling cycling body UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency have appealed a ruling before the CAS from the Swiss federation to end investigations against Ullrich on whether he was a client of Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes who is to have supplied riders with doping substances.
The CAS said in the past that a ruling in the case against Ullrich, who competed with a Swiss licence because he lived in the country, should be made by Wednesday (November 30).
Ullrich manager Falk Nier said that Ullrich may follow former Telekom (and T-Mobile) team-mates such as Eric Zabel and Bjaerne Riis and admit to have used forbidden substances during his career highlighted by the 1996 Tour title.
“That could happen in any case, regardless how the CAS decides,” Nier told dpa.
Read the rest: Jan Ullrich to come clean?
As I wrote, poorly, in the Velonews commentary earlier this morning, “If Jan Ullrich admits what many of [us] already suspect, it will make the supposedly ‘clean’ accomplishments of Lance Armstrong that much more unbelievable.”
L.A. clearly suffers from an inability to admit wrongdoing, if not outright narcissistic personality disorder. (See http://narcissisticpersonalitydisorder.org/.) There is no good way out of his present position. He has, quite literally, painted himself into a corner.
The Velonews article is a fair bit shorter than the Sport24.com piece linked above. That alone pretty much explains my choice. It is also paired with a story about David Millar (much respect), which seems to have dominated the majority of the comments left. And that is good reason enough to mention it in this post.by