July 16, 2006
Ullrich, Sevilla may be kicked off T-Mobile
T-Mobile riders Jan Ullrich and Oscar Sevilla, pulled from the Tour when their names appeared in the Operación Puerto report at the end of June, haven't yet answered the team's request for an explanation.
T-Mobile apparently gave the pair a July 13 deadline for a defense, and the team's spokesman, Christian Frommert, says it's up to the lawyers now:
Both riders assured us they wanted to prove their innocence when they left Strasbourg on June 30. Now it's in the hands of the attorneys to consider what steps to take next. This is a very difficult situation. I fully expect the situation to be resolved within 10 to 14 days.
Frommert also suggested the company might not renew its sponsorship: T-Mobile “will remain in cycling until at least 2008, which is not to say that it will also continue to do so after that.”
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