Ullrich antes up!..Ullrich submits new saliva sample in doping probe
is Ivan next?
-- Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich submitted a saliva specimen Thursday to be used for a DNA comparison with a blood sample seized in a Spanish doping investigation.
Ullrich gave the sample in Konstanz, Germany, near his home across the Swiss border, manager Wolfgang Strohband said.
Prosecutors in Bonn want to compare the two samples in a DNA analysis that could prove the use of performance-enhancing drugs or clear Ullrich, who's looking for a new team in time for the start of the Tour de France on July 7. He won the race in 1997.
Ullrich objected earlier this week to the use of a saliva sample taken in Switzerland in September, but said he was ready to give a specimen in Germany.
The 32-year-old German has been without a team since T-Mobile fired him after he was linked to the Spanish doping scandal. Several teams have expressed interest in signing him if cleared, but Ullrich will need a new license to race after turning in his Swiss one.
Spanish authorities have agreed to hand over one of the bags of frozen blood found in last April's raid on a Madrid clinic linked to alleged doping of up to 57 cyclists.
Ullrich and Ivan Basso, the pre-race favorites, were among the riders barred from last year's Tour de France. Tour officials have warned that cyclists linked to the Spanish scandal could be expelled again.
Ullrich is under investigation in Germany because of a complaint from a professor that his alleged drug use represented fraud.