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Ex-Tour de France winner Ullrich held over prostitute assault

AFP  |  Frankfurt Am Main 

Former winner was arrested early today for allegedly assaulting a prostitute in Frankfurt, police said, just a week after the German national was briefly detained in

"He is in police custody," a told AFP, adding that the 44-year-old "was under the influence of alcohol and drugs".

had allegedly called on the services of a prostitute at the five-star in Frankfurt, Bild daily reported.

But he then got into a quarrel with the "escort lady" and "physically attacked and injured her," police said.

Ullrich's latest woes came a week after he was detained for 24 hours in for allegedly forcing his way into the home of his neighbour, German Til Schweiger, and threatening him.

Following the scandal in Spain, said early this week he would go into rehab and seek help for his drink and drug addiction.

He had only arrived back in on Thursday evening to start his therapy before he got caught up in the latest drama, Bild daily said.

The former cyclist's dramatic fall from grace came two decades after he became the only German to have won the Tour de France, in 1997. He also won Olympic gold in in 2000.

But he was then embroiled in doping allegations and excluded from the 2006 over his links to the Operation Puerto scandal that centred on disgraced doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who gave performance-enhancing blood transfusions to top cyclists.

Ullrich finally came clean in 2013 about his doping past.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 16:40 IST