They said they had learned lessons from “our situation.” Ulrich, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this Saturday. Ulrich, who recently publicly admitted to doping for the first time at the launch of his Amazon documentary, also said, “I wouldn’t put my hand in the fire over it either.”

From 1998 to 2009, various doping scandals in cycling generated many negative headlines. Even now, there are always doubts about the performance of some of the top professional cyclists. Ullrich attributes the better results of some riders in the peloton to the changed conditions. “The bikes are lighter, the training and nutrition are much better,” he said.

In addition, according to Ullrich, anti-doping organizations today have “significantly greater financial support.” The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) recently confirmed that the world of cycling is seeing positive developments in the fight against doping. Ullrich was the only German to win the Tour de France in 1997.
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