Former Tour champion Jan Ullrich arrested over alleged attack on escort

Former Tour champion Jan Ullrich arrested over alleged attack on escort

Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France victor, was arrested early on Friday for allegedly attacking an escort at a Frankfurt hotel.

"He is in police custody", a police spokesman told AFP news agency, adding that the German national "was under the influence of alcohol and drugs". Ullrich was arrested in the early morning at a luxury hotel in Frankfurt.

Police and local prosecutors later said in a statement that they were investigating a case of attempted manslaughter and grievous bodily harm but that the suspect, who they did not name, had been released. Mr Ullrich said he was only trying to talk to his neighbour.

After spending the night with this woman, the only German victor of the Tour de France hit her and strangled her, authorities said.

On Monday, Ullrich had told the German tabloid Bild of personal problems: "The separation from [wife] Sara and distance from my children, whom I have not seen since Easter and have barely spoken to, have had a great effect on me".

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"I have done and taken things as a result that I very much regret".

The 1997 Tour de France victor had flown to Frankfurt from his home in Mallorca, where he had been involved in an altercation in the garden of his neighbour, German action film star Til Schweiger, last weekend.

He competed in cycling during the controversial period dominated by drugs cheat Lance Armstrong and finished second in the Tour de France five times.

Ullrich won the Tour in 1997 but later admitted to doping during his career.

"Almost everyone took performance-enhancing substances then".

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