FILE - In this July 22, 2005 file photothen T-Mobile team leader Jan Ullrich of Germany checks his glasses as he sits on the registration podium after signing in for the 19th stage of the Tour de ... more 
FILE - In this July 22, 2005 file photothen T-Mobile team leader Jan Ullrich of Germany checks his glasses as he sits on the registration podium after signing in for the 19th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Issoire and Le Puy-en-Velay, central France. Sport's highest court has banned 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich for two years for doping, and stripped him of his third-place finish behind Lance Armstrong in the 2005 race. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled Thursday Feb. 9, 2012 that the 38-year-old German, who retired in 2007, was connected to the Opeation Puerto probe in Spain. Ullrich is banned hfrom cycling through August 2013. However, CAS rejected the International Cycling Union's request to impose a life ban and disqualify all Ullrich's results since May 2002. CAS said Ullrich's six-month ban for using amphetamines out-of-competition in 2002 should not be classed as a doping offense. A second offense can trigger a life ban. . (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati, file) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Alessandro Trovati, file
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