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by Shane Stokes
May 20, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria nets fourth victory on stage 13 of Giro d’Italia; Garfoot continues Orica-Scott’s success in Emakumeen Bira with stage 3 win; Weening wins stage 3 of the Tour of Norway; Evtushenko wins stage 1 of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; Pirazzi and Ruffoni sacked by Bardiani-CSF team after confirmation of B-sample positive; Battered and bruised, Thomas quits Giro d’Italia; Van Garderen: I don’t know why it is not working; Nicky Hayden in ‘extremely critical’ condition following Wednesday’s bike crash; Ullrich resigns from Rund um Köln position; Vulpine – what went wrong?; Belda positive for EPO; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 13 Pre Race; Video: Sagan and the fans at the Amgen Tour of California
Four days after he stared a new role as sporting director of the Rund um Köln, Jan Ullrich has resigned from the position. The 1997 Tour de France winner took up the position with the 1.1-ranked event on Tuesday. However his past involvement in Operacion Puerto and admission of doping meant that the appointment was a controversial one, and he came under pressure as a result.
“Many fans, sponsors and media outlets have reacted very positively to my appointment,” Ullrich said via Facebook.
“However some of the press could not handle it, so after speaking to the race organisers I have decided to step down from the post. I don’t want to damage the race, and the role of sporting director will remain vacant this year.”
The timing of the appointment was likely complicated by the Tour de France start in Dusseldorf this year. There is a renewed spotlight on the sport in Germany and the optics of having a rider previously involved in doping in such a high position was unwelcome to some.
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