BERLIN, June 12, 2013 (AFP) – Jan Ullrich, the only German winner of the
Tour de France, said in an interview published on Wednesday that he was not
surprised at Lance Armstrong’s downfall because he “made too many enemies”.
“Normally I don’t wish bad things on people, including Armstrong,” the
rider, who was himself convicted of doping violations last February and
stripped of his career results back to 2005, was quoted as saying by
“But I’ve always said that Lance wouldn’t get out of it. He made too many
enemies,” the controversial winner of the 1997 Tour added.
“He always wanted to be the boss and behaved ruthlessly with his
subordinates,” the 39-year-old went on, adding that the US rider had done
“enormous harm” to cycling, particularly in Germany.
Despite his sanction for doping, imposed by the Court of Arbitration for
Sport, Ullrich has refused to follow the Texan’s example and break the code of
silence on his drug use.
The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) last year published a devastating report,
accusing Armstrong of orchestrating the biggest doping programme in the
history of sport.
He was later banned from cycling for life and stripped of his record seven
Tour de France wins.
He admitted in a television interview aired in January that those victories
were fuelled by a cocktail of banned drugs.