Sport's highest court banned 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich for two years on Thursday and stripped him of his third-place finish in the 2005 race for blood doping.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the 38-year-old German, who retired in 2007, was ''fully engaged'' in the doping program of Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes that was exposed in the 2006 Operation Puerto probe.
The CAS panel ''came to the conclusion that Jan Ullrich engaged at least in blood doping in violation of ... anti-doping rules,'' the court said.
Ullrich's suspension comes three days after CAS banned Alberto Contador for two years and stripped him of his 2010 Tour title for doping. A U.S. federal investigation into alleged doping involving seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong and his teammates was dropped Friday.
Ullrich is banned from cycling through August 21, 2013, and all his results from May 1, 2005, until his retirment are annulled.
''It is established that Jan Ullrich was fully e...