Posted August 01, 2013

Lance Armstrong should have titles reinstated, says former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich

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Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich said Lance Armstrong should have his seven titles reinstated. (Thomas Starke/Getty Images)

Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich said Lance Armstrong should have his seven Tour de France titles reinstated. (Thomas Starke/Getty Images)

Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich said Lance Armstrong should have his seven titles reinstated because “that’s how it was back then,” according to a report from the Associated Press citing this week’s edition of Germany’s Sport Bild magazine.

Armstrong, who had his seven Tour de France titles stripped in 2012 after the United States Anti-Doping Agency found him guilty of taking performance enhancing drugs, said in a June interview with French publication Le Monde that it’s “impossible to win [the Tour de France] without doping,” and admitted to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January.

The 39-year-old Ullrich, who won the Tour in 1997 and finished second to Armstrong in 2000, 2001 and 2003, said it doesn’t do any good to distinguish between the winners of the race:

“I would give Armstrong the Tour victories back. … That’s how it was back then. It doesn’t help anyone to draw a line through the winners’ list.”

Ullrich admitted in June that he had accepted blood treatments from a Spanish doctor during his racing career. He was stripped of his third-place finish in the 2005 Tour and banned for two years in February 2012.


8 comments
flapdoodle9
flapdoodle9

Nonsense there is no such thing as weaker or NON-doping competitors.....and yes there is only one yellow jersey for the best doper in the end....Lance you the best!

cityexpeditions
cityexpeditions

To make Lance Armstrong the poster boy for the late 20th and early 21st century Era of Geed, Cheating and Sucess at Any Cost is hypocritical. Why aren't the authorities going after and jailing the corporate executives and banks? The banks have taken the bail out funds and stashed their profits in off-shore banks were they pay no taxes. The government B.S. 'd everyone about Iraq. Then they tried to tell us the real info was burried too far down in a report for them to see. Apple sets up an empty office in Ireland to avoid U.S. taxes. Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and other sports figures juice. JP Morgan/Chase looses billions and carry on without much prosecution. A fed attorney says the banks are too big to prosecute. Other cyclists of Lance's era admit that they were all doping. Yet Lance is supposed to become the poster boy for all the above. Is this O.K., or is it a way of simply sweeping it all under the rug made from Lance's body.

sptsguy12345
sptsguy12345

Not again…   who cares…  I would wager that 90% of the pro cyclist are doing something chemical to better performance, promote quicker recover etc…   

Mohican
Mohican

All Jan is saying is that Lance was the best of the dopers and he is correct.  Most of the guys in the pelo had to dope if they wanted to remain competitive.  Otherwise, ride clean and lose. 

HaroldC.
HaroldC.

Jan is right. If Lance is stripped so should all the cycling results for all those years and I'm not talking about only the TDF.

bambam824
bambam824

Strip Ullrich of his '97 Tour win since he said it is impossible to win the Tour without doping. To give back Armstrong's Tour Championships is like giving back the stolen tv's to a thief after he does his time. What Ullrich meant to say was, it's impossible for a weaker cyclist to win the Tour without doping against stronger NON-doping competitors.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

So says a guy who got busted for juicing more than any other cyclist.  He knows what's up, LA used Dr. Ferrari for all he was worth, of course paying out the yin-yang for his services.  Ullrich didn't cheat any more than Lance though, he just didn't have the ducats and political connections to keep his positive tests on the downlow.

6marK6
6marK6

Look, the only reason anybody cared about Armstrong and this bike race was because nike but a billion dollar marketing campaign behind Armstrong. nike dropped him and does not care anymore, so why should we?