Ullrich asks Spanish officials if he will face charges

Updated: July 17, 2006, 2:25 PM ET
Associated Press

BERLIN -- Jan Ullrich's lawyers have asked Spanish authorities whether the doping allegations against the former Tour de France champion will lead to charges.

The German rider, who was suspended by his T-Mobile team from this year's Tour, said Monday his lawyers also asked the officials for written clarification of the allegations. Ullrich stressed that he hasn't been charged -- or found guilty -- of anything.

"In a country governed by law, not only myself but every individual is innocent until proven guilty," Ullrich said in a statement posted on his Web site.

Ullrich, who won the Tour in 1997 and was runner-up five times to Lance Armstrong, was a leading contender to win this year's race.

He was pulled hours before the start after his name allegedly turned up on a list of 56 cyclists named in a Spanish probe as having contact with a doctor charged with doping.

Immediately following the announcement of his suspension, Ullrich publicly denied the doping claims. He had since kept quiet.

"I have not gone into hiding, but continue to live at home in Switzerland and participate in daily life," he said.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press