In '96, he was "suspected" of taking EPO. Jef D'Hont, former masseur of the Telekom team, claims to have administered Ullrich with EPO. SPECULATION.
As a big Ullrich fan, I claim BS.
In 2002 he took ecstasy in a nightclub.. Nothing performance related.
Missed a few training controls, nothing conclusive.
Just like Lance, Ullrich's drug test results came back clean.
Regardless, EPO can't turn donkey's into thoroughbreds, just like a masterchef can't turn donkey meat into filet mignon.
I was involved at Federation level (sounds like something from Star Trek) in 1993-1995 Junior National Team level.
Anyhow, this role involved going to races on the continent with our underage cyclists.
Throughout, the rumours were all about this wunderkind - a kid called Jan Ullrich.
Each race that we attended we heard about how this guy was blitzing not only his own age group but guys who were older and who were supposed to be physically stronger.
I was in Oslo in 1993, when JU won the worlds.
I got to talking with our own squad and the British squad and we agreed that this guy, if he kept destroying the opposition, had it to go the very top of the sport.
Physically JU had everything.
Although his attitude was not 100% professional for the entire season, he was a superb rider.