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BERLIN---Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de
France winner, has admitted for the first time
that he received blood-doping treatment
from Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes dur-
ing his career, according to an interview with
a German magazine published yesterday.
Ullrich had previously acknowledged having
unspecified "contact" with Fuentes, but went
further in an interview with the weekly Focus.
"Yes, I received treatment from Fuentes,"
the retired German rider was quoted as say-
Asked if he engaged only in blood doping
with Fuentes, Ullrich replied that "the doctor s
diagnosis says that." He said he couldn t
remember how many times he had received
treatment from Fuentes.
In February 2012, the Court of Arbitration
for Sport banned Ullrich for two years for
The CAS ruled that the German was "fully
engaged" in Fuentes doping program, exposed
in the Operation Puerto probe. The court
stripped him of his third-place finish at the
2005 Tour. Ullrich retired from racing in 2007.
Ullrich didn t contest the CAS ruling, saying
at the time that he wanted to "put an end to
IOC vice president Thomas Bach, who also
heads Germany s national Olympic committee,
said the confession is "too little, too late."
"Jan Ullrich had his chance for a creditable
admission a couple of years ago and he missed
it," Bach said in an emailed statement. "Today s
confirmation of some of the already well
known and established facts does not help
Jan Ullrich nor cycling."
The head of Germany s cycling union echoed
"He would have done himself and cycling
a favor years ago with such a confession,"
Rudolf Scharping told German news agency
dpa. "But this no longer has anything to do
with cycling today."
In Saturday s interview, the 39-year-old
Ullrich said that while he had made bad deci-
sions during his career, "I did not harm or
"Almost everyone took performance-
enhancing substances then. I took nothing
that the others didn t also take," he was quoted
"For me, fraud starts when I gain an advan-
tage. That wasn t the case. I wanted to ensure
equality of opportunities."
"The issue is dealt with for me. I only want
to look forward, and never again backward."
Germany s national anti-doping agency said
it welcomed acknowledgement of past wrong-
doing by athletes, but added that it hoped
Ullrich would go beyond the interview and
answer its questions.
The agency said in a statement that it would
try to get in touch with Ullrich for "further
leads and background" which might help its
Ullrich s interview comes after Lance Arm-
strong, the dominant cyclist of his generation,
acknowledged in January that he doped for
all seven of his Tour wins from 1999-2005.
On three of those occasions, Ullrich finished
second. "I am no better than Armstrong, but
no worse either," Ullrich was quoted as saying.
"The great heroes of earlier years are now
people with failures that they have to come
to terms with."
Earlier this year, Armstrong said doping
became so routine it was "like saying we have
to have air in our tires or water in our bot-
Asked about that comment, Ullrich told
Focus: "I can t understand that. I always knew
that I was doing something forbidden and
MUNICH---Frenchman Alexander Levy overcame
two bogeys to card a 4-under 68 for a three-way
share of the lead going into the last round of the
BMW International Open yesterday.
Levy joined Sweden s Alex Noren in catching
overnight leader Ernie Els to be at 15-under 201 over-
all.Els, who had a one-stroke lead and shot a second
consecutive 69, remains confident he can claim the
title on Sunday.
"Yes I am," said the two-time winner of the British
Open and US Open. "I m swinging nicely and I ve
had my back against the wall, so to speak, the last
two rounds where I ve had to come back and try to
salvage something. I did it again today."
Levy, whose best finish to date is 10th, did well
to emerge with only a bogey on the 15th, when he
had to hack the ball out from under a tree.
"I m very happy. It was great for me to play with
a fantastic player," said Levy of partnering Els for
the day. "It s nice to play with him, very happy. It
Noren managed five birdies and an eagle to offset
"I hit a lot of good shots and a few bad ones, but
you always do," said the Swede.
One stroke behind the leaders are England s
Matthew Baldwin and Denmark s Thomas Bjorn,
who put himself in contention by holing nine birdies
in a round of 65 to move up 14 places.
"I needed to shoot a round to give myself a chance
tomorrow, and I ve done that," said Bjorn, the 2000
and 2002 winner. "The first two days it s been decent
but not great. I stepped it up today and that gives
you a little bit of confidence tomorrow."
In this August 25, 2012 file photo, Lance Armstrong talks to reporters after his second-place
finish in the Power of Four mountain bicycle race at the base of Aspen Mountain in Aspen, Colo.
Nike Inc is cutting ties with the Livestrong cancer charity founded by Armstrong. The move by
the sports company is the latest fallout in the doping scandal surrounding the former cyclist,
who now admits he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times.
American Peter Uihlein is a stroke further
back in sixth after shooting 67.
"I m just happy to keep putting myself
in a good position going into the final round.
That s what it s all about," Uihlein said.
Home favourites Marcel Siem and 2008
winner Martin Kaymer both shot 69 and
are three shots off the pace, as are Joost
Luiten of the Netherlands and Brandon
Stone of South Africa. Both shot 67.
"It s a special week. I played really good
golf the whole week so far and yesterday I
managed to grind out a good round, but
today I really played great golf again," said
Stone, who is playing his debut season as
Defending champion Danny Willet of
England is also three strokes off the pace,
with one eagle to show from his round.
Sergio Garcia holed seven birdies and
avoided any bogeys for a 65. The Spaniard
is one of three players four strokes behind
Play was delayed by one hour at the start
and again later by another hour and 20
minutes due to heavy rain.
Els had two bogeys in the opening seven
holes, but finished strongly after making
an adjustment at the 11th. He came ago-
nizingly close to the eagle on the 18th, which
would have given him the outright lead, but
was content with the birdie for a share.
"Hopefully tomorrow things are a little
bit better," Els said. "It s going to be tough
going in. Everybody s going to be quite
Levy, Noren join Els in 3-way lead in Munich
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