Tour de France Winner Arrested for Attacking Prostitute In Germany

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

German police on Friday briefly detained former cyclist and Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich for attacking and injuring a 31-year old prostitute in a Frankfurt luxury hotel, a police spokeswoman said.

Police said the German - who won the 1997 event and came second to Lance Armstrong several times - could be charged with assault or attempted murder.

"The guest he had a dispute with was a companion who stayed with him, then he physically attacked the women in question, wounding her". "This will be a fresh start", Mr Ullrich told Germany's Bild newspaper at his villa in Mallorca shortly before flying back to Germany by private plane.

Bild, the German tabloid, said that he allegedly "choked the woman with massive force, she freed herself and ran screaming from the room".

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"An investigation is underway for attempted homicide, assault and battery, possession of risky goods, but the prosecution does not now see any serious indication of attempted murder ... and [therefore] reason to place him in pre-trial detention", she added, although a judge will decide this question Friday.

Ullrich told Germany's Bild newspaper in an interview this week that he had marriage problems and was emotionally stressed after his wife had made a decision to separate. He said he had not seen his three sons since Easter.

Ullrich, the only German to win the Tour de France, was dogged by doping allegations over his career and admitted to German magazine Focus in 2013 that he received blood-doping treatment from Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.

Ullrich was arrested and then released the next day, although a restraining order was taken out against him by Schweiger.

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