Ullrich accused of assault; Hirschi wins U23 world title: Daily New Digest

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Jan Ullrich found himself in hot water again after another incident in Germany, this time at an airport. The former Tour champ has been arrested twice and admitted to a psychiatric hospital over the last two months. Also, there was Swiss precision at the world road championships and an exciting weekend is coming up with the elite road races.

Story of the day: Ullrich’s downward spiral continues with assault accusation

First, he was arrested in Mallorca for attending a neighbours party uninvited. He then was arrested for assaulting a woman in Germany and video emerged of him smoking four cigarettes at once. He was taken to a psychiatric hospital for treatment, and former rival turned friend Lance Armstrong flew to Germany to offer his support.

Now, 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich is facing another assault accusation, according to AFP. The German reportedly “abused” a 34-year-old man in the security area of Hamburg Airport on Wednesday. The alleged victim filed an official complaint of the incident but did so after Ullrich had already boarded a flight for the United States. He is reportedly coming to the U.S. to seek treatment for his drug and alcohol addictions.

Happier times: Jan Ullrich attended a Rapha event in Santa Rosa, California in 2016 where he seemed happy about life and spoke excitedly about his kids.

Before this latest incident, it had been over a month since Ullrich was making headlines – headlines that seemed to come every day and for all the wrong reasons. While it is commendable the German is seeking  help, it is still clear he has a long way to go.

Beauty of Cycling

Professional cycling is a melting pot of cultures and it’s always interesting to see how the different fans celebrate. Today, the Swiss fans brought out their huge cowbells to cheer for their new world champion.

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Hirschi solos to U23 world title

Switzerland’s Marc Hirschi, who is set to move up to the WorldTour with Team Sunweb in 2019, captured the men’s under-23 road race at the UCI World Road Championships in Innsbruck, Austria in solo fashion. The world title adds to the under-23 European road race title he won earlier this year.

Hirschi, Bjorg Lambrecht (Belgium), and Jaakko Hanninen (Finland) moved clear on the final ascent of the Igls’ climb and the Swiss snuck away on the descent with 10 kilometres remaining to become world champion. Lambrecht finished second and Hanninen took the bronze medal.

Sagan extends with Bora-Hansgrohe through 2021

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan, who will attempt to win a fourth world title on Sunday, has signed an extension with Bora-Hansgrohe that keeps him on the team through the 2021 season. The Slovakian’s current contract was set to expire at the end of 2019.

American Raul Diaz busted for EPO, accepts four-year ban

American Raul Diaz, 48, has received and accepted a four-year ban after he tested positive for dexamethasone and recombinant erythropoietin (EPO) in an in-competition test on July 29, 2018, at the Vuelta a Miami. Dexamethasone is classified as a Specified Substance in the class of Glucocorticoids and is banned in-competition while EPO is banned at all times. Diaz admitted to using both substances when he was notified of his positive test.

Coming up

Tomorrow the elite women take to the roads of Innsbruck to fight for the right to wear the rainbow bands next season. Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vlueten captured her second straight world TT title earlier this week, can she do the double? Check out our in-depth preview to find out who’s capable of defeating this year’s Queen of cycling.

Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) could be kissing another gold medal this weekend. She’s the heavy favourite for the elite women’s road race. Photo: Kristof Ramon.

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Elite Men’s RR Preview: The elite men take to the roads around and surrounding Innsbruck on Sunday. Check out our in-depth preview for the race.

Today’s feature image: A group in the men’s under-23 road race navigates the narrow streets of Innsbruck heading toward the finish line.

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