Originally created 07/04/06

Ullrich is quiet after allegations



BERLIN - Jan Ullrich's cycling team does not know whether the former Tour de France champion will agree to tests to disprove doping accusations.

T-Mobile withdrew Ullrich from starting this year's Tour de France when the German was implicated in the Spanish investigation.

Ullrich, who won the Tour in 1997 and was runner-up five times to Lance Armstrong, was a leading contender to win this year's race, which started Saturday. Since his suspension on the eve of the race, he has kept a low profile amid calls for him to undergo tests to counter the allegations.

"We would welcome it if he would agree to take a DNA test, but it is ultimately a question that Jan Ullrich, his management and his lawyers must answer," Team T-Mobile spokesman Christian Frommert told German television Monday.

The DNA test would prove whether a disputed blood sample came from Ullrich.

Ullrich said on his Web site he was "deeply shocked" at the accusations.

"I've got nothing to do with it," he wrote. "Being kicked out of the Tour de France is the worst thing that has happened to me in my career so far."

He maintained that all his doping tests by Tour officials were negative, and he criticized officials for not clearly informing him of the accusations.

Ullrich said he will consult with his lawyer on how best to prove his innocence.

"I won't give up," he said.

TRAINER SENTENCED: In Bordeaux, France, former cycling trainer Freddy Sergant was sentenced to four years in jail in a trial centered on a doping ring that supplied a cocktail of amphetamines, cocaine and heroin to riders in France and Belgium.

Sergant received the harshest of 23 sentences, with none of the defendants escaping punishment.

Sergant, a Belgian believed to be the key figure, also was fined more than $230,000. His wife, Monique, was given a one-year prison term.

The other sentences ranged from about $1,900 to a 2-year prison term - with 20 months suspended - for former pro cyclist Laurent Roux. He said he would appeal.