Former Tour de France victor Jan Ullrich arrested for 'attacking prostitute'

Former German cyclist Jan Ullrich won the Tour de France in 1997

Frankfurt am Main (AFP) - Former Tour de France victor Jan Ullrich was arrested early Friday for allegedly assaulting a prostitute in Frankfurt, police said, just a week after the German national was briefly detained in Spain. She said Ullrich was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and could be charged with "assault or attempted murder".

Police spokesperson Carina Lerch said the retired German cyclist was arrested after police were called to the hotel.

The assault took place at a luxury hotel after Ullrich got into an argument with the prostitute, and according to the victim, physically assaulted her.

The woman was still being questioned by police and the investigation was ongoing.

Earlier this week, the Ullrich opened up to German newspaper Bild about his separation from his wife and children.

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He had not seen his three sons since Easter. "I have done things as a result that I very much regret", Ullrich told the mass circulation daily.

The victor of the 1997 Tour de France arrived in Germany the day before from Spain, where he lives in Mallorca, to start therapy and try to treat his alcohol and drug addictions.

He competed in cycling during the controversial period dominated by drugs cheat Lance Armstrong and finished second in the Tour de France five times.

In 2013, he admitted to doping, having been served a two-year ban by sporting regulators.

But he was then embroiled in doping allegations and excluded from the 2006 Tour de France over his links to the Operation Puerto scandal that centred on disgraced doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who gave performance-enhancing blood transfusions to top cyclists. "I took nothing that the others didn't also take", the 1997 Tour champion said then.

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