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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 August 2006, 17:52 GMT 18:52 UK
Ullrich faces Swiss doping probe
Jan Ullrich
Ullrich was forced to pull out of this year's Tour de France
Swiss authorities have begun a doping investigation relating to Jan Ullrich, which could lead to a lifetime ban if he is found guilty.

The 1997 Tour de France champion is German but has Swiss residence and rides on a licence issued by the Swiss Cycling Federation.

Ullrich, who says he is innocent, was fired by his team T-Mobile after being linked to the Spanish doping scandal.

He has a previous doping conviction and, if found guilty, faces a life ban.

If the authorities do not consider his first conviction, he could still be handed a two-year ban.



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