FILE - In this July 27, 1997 file photo Jan Ullrich of Germany holds the trophy on the podium after he won the 84th Tour de France cycling race in Paris. Sport's highest court has banned 1997 Tour de ... more 
FILE - In this July 27, 1997 file photo Jan Ullrich of Germany holds the trophy on the podium after he won the 84th Tour de France cycling race in Paris. 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 Operation Puerto probe in Spain. Ullrich is banned from 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/Peter Dejong, file) less 
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