Saturday news roundup

Jan Ullrich arrested after allegedly attacking escort in Frankfurt hotel

Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France winner, was arrested early on Friday for allegedly attacking an escort at a Frankfurt hotel.

A police spokesperson said the retired German cyclist was arrested after police were called to the hotel, where Ullrich was said to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He could be charged with “assault or attempted murder”.

Carina Lerch added: “It seems Mr Ullrich and an escort woman had a dispute and that he attacked her. She alerted the hotel staff and they called police. Mr Ullrich is still in custody.”

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Tour de Pologne: Yates tests Kwiatkowski with stunning late breakaway and stage win

The dead silence that fell in the Tour de Pologne’s miniscule pressroom as Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) blasted clear ten kilometres from the line on stage 7 said it all as the Briton came far closer than the home media liked to snatching away overall victory from Michal Kwiatkowski.

Finally, Kwiatkowski, sixth on the line, held onto the overall victory after losing 12 seconds to Yates, who soloed to the stage win, and the Polish media could breathe a collective sigh of relief.

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Cyclist deaths on Australian roads up 80 per cent

A report by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) shows there were 1,222 deaths on the road in 2017-18 and, for the first time, all states are on track to miss the national road safety targets they signed up to in 2011.

Over the past 12 months, 580 drivers were killed, which is up 1.8% from the previous year. Passenger deaths also increased over the same period by 3.8% to 219, pedestrian deaths increased by 4.7% to 177, while motorcyclist deaths decreased 21%. Cyclist deaths jumped by the largest proportion, from 25 to 45 over the same period – an increase of 80%.

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Pauwels signs with CCC-sponsored team for 2019

Serge Pauwels is the latest rider to pen a deal with Jim Ochowicz’s CCC-sponsored team for the 2019 season. The news comes on the same day that the team confirmed they had retained the services of Alessandro De Marchi.

Pauwels also joins up with compatriots Greg Van Avermaet and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, who is another new addition to the squad. Pauwels leaves Dimension Data (previously MTN-Qhubeka) after four seasons with the South African squad. He had looked set to stay with the team but that changed when he received an offer from Ochowicz and says he’s looking forward to racing with Van Avermaet.

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Tour of Utah: Jasper Philipsen wins in Salt Lake City

After being edged out in Layton on Thursday, Hagens Berman Axeon’s Jasper Philipsen got the better of Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) to take out the sprint win during Friday’s stage 4 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in Salt Lake City.

The day’s breakaway was caught with just 800m to go, setting up a hectic sprint finale, with McCabe hitting out first and Philipsen quick to get on his wheel. The Belgian surged up next to the barriers, bashing elbows with McCabe, but he managed to get a narrow photo finish victory with the bike throw.

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