Thursday 13 December 2018

Former Tour de France winner admitted to psychiatric hospital following alleged attack on prostitute in 'luxury hotel'

Jan Ullrich was arrested on Friday

Former cycling star Jan Ullrich
Former cycling star Jan Ullrich

Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich has been admitted to psychiatric care following his arrest for an alleged attack on a prostitute in a "luxury hotel".

Ullrich was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when police detained him on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm, the spokeswoman said.

A car believed to be carrying former German cycling champion Jan Ullrich leaves a Frankfurt police station
A car believed to be carrying former German cycling champion Jan Ullrich leaves a Frankfurt police station

Ullrich, 44, and the woman had an argument in the Villa Kennedy hotel in the early hours of Friday morning, the spokeswoman said. The woman was still being questioned by police and the investigation was ongoing.

"Jan Ullrich was admitted to a psychiatric hospital on Friday night where his state of health is being assessed by specialists," a Frankfurt police spokesperson told AFP on Saturday.

"Due to his mental and physical state there was no other choice but to transport him to a psychiatric unit by ambulance," the spokesperson said.

Ullrich had told German Bild newspaper in an interview earlier this week that he had marriage problems and was emotionally stressed after his wife had decided to separate. He had not seen his three sons since Easter.

"I've done and taken things that I very much regret," Ullrich told Bild, adding: "Out of love for my children, I'm doing therapy now."

The 1997 Tour de France winner had just flown to Frankfurt from his home in Mallorca, where he had been involved in an altercation in the garden of his neighbor, German action film star Til Schweiger, last weekend.

Additional reporting from reuters

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