Tour de France victor Jan Ullrich held for 'prostitute assault'

Former German cyclist Jan Ullrich won the Tour de France in 1997

Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France victor, was arrested early on Friday for allegedly attacking an escort at a Frankfurt hotel. He could be charged with "assault or attempted murder".

Ullrich was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when police detained him on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm, spokesperson Carina Lerch confirmed.

Ullrich had allegedly called on the services of a prostitute at the five-star Villa Kennedy Hotel in Frankfurt, Bild daily reported. "Mr Ullrich is still in custody".

But he then got into a quarrel with the "escort lady" and "physically attacked and injured her", police said.

Ullrich, 44, was arrested after police were called to a luxury Frankfurt hotel early on Friday.


The woman needed medical treatment but police said no more details would be given on her health while they are still investigating.

Schweiger told Bild that Ullrich 'had nearly become a family member but when his wife left him he started taking amphetamines: he would only sleep for two hours. He said he had not seen his three sons since Easter.

"I've done and taken things that I very much regret", Ullrich told Bild, adding: "Out of love for my children, I'm doing therapy now".

The victor of the 1997 Tour de France arrived in Germany the day before from Spain, where he lives in Mallorca, to start therapy and try to treat his alcohol and drug addictions. I took nothing that the others didn't also take.

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.

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