Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich has been diagnosed with burnout. In a statement made on his website, Ullrich said: “A few days ago, I was diagnosed with burnout, that will probably need a longer treatment. In order to ensure complete recovery, I will therefore stop all public appearances in the next few months.”
After his pro career, Ullrich started his own bike brand and organised many charity rides.
Ullrich has also had much of his time fighting antidoping allegations.
On Friday, a Hamburg court ruled that a statement made in a TV interview four years ago by Werner Franke had “to be viewed as true.” Franke claimed that Ullrich paid at least 35,000 Euro to Eufemiano Fuentes, a doctor who was at the heart of a 2006 case in which more than 50 cyclists were implicated after steroids and blood doping equipment were uncovered in a raid.
The court rejected Ullrich’s argument that Franke’s statement wasn’t true.
Ullrich captured the 1997 Tour de France but he and Italian rider Ivan Basso were banned on the eve of the 2006 race for their suspected involvement in the doping case.
After being fired by his racing team, Ullrich retired in 2007.