Cyclingnews is reporting that Jan Ullrich has a standing offer to ride with the Discovery Channel team next year. This is looking increasingly probable for two reasons.
- The Spanish court investigating the case has ordered that the information from Operation Puerto cannot be used to open proceedings with any sporting bodies or to sanction the implicated riders until the trial against Dr. Fuentes has ended. That could be mid next year
- The Swiss cycling federation may reissue Jan Ullrich a license citing lack of evidence.
I have a couple of thoughts on this. First, this could be a major publicity problem to the ProTour as Jan seemed to be the WADA and UCI’s best shot at winning a battle in the Operation Puerto war. They may now go 0 – 58.
Another more general thought outside of doping. Doesn’t Jan in a Discovery kit seem weird to you? Kind of like asking your best friend’s girlfriend out after they broke up?