Tour de France Winner Ullrich Apologizes After Doping Sanction

Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France champion and four times runner-up to Lance Armstrong, apologized after the top sports court found him guilty of blood doping in 2005 and 2006.

Ullrich said in a statement on his website he regretted his behavior and in hindsight would have acted differently “in certain situations” during his career.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport yesterday stripped the 38-year-old German, who retired in 2007, of his third-place finish at the 2005 Tour and handed him a two-year ban. Armstrong won the Tour for a record seventh time in 2005.

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