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Former Tour de France champion Ullrich admitted to psychiatric hospital

Former Tour de France champion Ullrich admitted to psychiatric hospital

11/08/2018 at 14:48Updated 11/08/2018 at 15:56

Germany's former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich has been admitted to psychiatric hospital after a brief time in police custody.

The 44-year-old had been released on bail following his arrest for attempted manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.

“Jan Ullrich was admitted to a psychiatric hospital on Friday night, where his state of health is being assessed by specialists,” a Frankfurt police spokesperson told AFP.

“Due to his mental and physical state, there was no other choice” but to transport him to a psychiatric unit by ambulance, the spokesperson said.

Last week Ullrich had been held by police after threatening a neighbour in Spain, and had returned to Germany to seek help for substance abuse problems.

In 2014, Ullrich injured two people in a car crash in Switzerland, and was later convicted of drunk driving.

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