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Millar compares Ullrich to dead Pantani, Vandenbroucke, Gaumont

Posted on: August 12th, 2018

Millar compares Ullrich to dead Pantani, Vandenbroucke, Gaumont

Jan Ullrich cannot be allowed to go the same way as other top riders of his generation who doped and never recovered, only to die young – says David Millar.

 

David Millar says Ullrich can’t be let slide further

 

David Millar has said Jan Ullrich cannot be allowed to join the list of riders from his generation who died young.

He cited Marco Pantani, Frank Vandenbroucke, José María Jiménez and Philippe Gaumont. All rode in the same peloton as Ullrich and all died young having been dopers.

Pantani died from a cocaine overdose in 2014 aged 34 years. Frank Vandenbroucke died in Senegal in 2009 aged just 34 years from pulmonary embolism after having had a cocaine habit.

Philippe Gaumont died in May, 2013, aged 40 years after suffering a heart attack. He was close to Vandenbroucke and both took drugs together; performance-enhancing and so-called recreational.

José María Jiménez died in December, 2003, aged 32 years. He suffered a heart attack in a psychiatric hospital in Madrid.

Millar referenced them in an Instagram post, below, after Jan Ullrich had been arrested twice in a week. It emerged Ullrich has a drink and drugs habit and was now in psychiatric care.

With those facts as background, David Millar – a self-styled reformed doper who speaks out against doping – shared a photo (below) of Pantani as a young racer, saying:

“This is a young Marco Pantani. He’s dead now because of the effect doping had on him mentally.

“In that same generation who suffered the same consequences were Frank Vandenbroucke, José María Jiménez and Philippe Gaumont.

“All dead because of how twisted they became and the destruction they brought upon themselves.”

He added when the deceased riders were the age that Pantani is in the photo they could not have imagined what was ahead of them.

“It should have never happened, none of it. And it’s why I will continue to fight to protect athletes from ever having to make the choices we made,” he said.

“Jan Ullrich cannot join this generational list. It can no longer be considered anomalous, it’s real.

“We fucked ourselves up, and there are so many people involved who carry on like they had nothing to do with it. A

“And if you’re not going to help fix it, then you’re a fucking useless human being.”

Ullrich (44) has developed a drink and drugs habit and was taken into psychiatric care in Germany in recent days.

He had been arrested in Mallorca last Friday week after allegedly bursting into his neighbour’s house party and making threats.

Ullrich told the German media he had been drinking and taking drugs since his split from his wife. He added it was a cause of great distress for him that he had not seen his sons since Christmas.

After the incident in Mallorca he was released from police custody and had apparently travelled to Germany for treatment.

However, in a Frankfurt hotel he is alleged to have assaulted and threatened an escort.  And now he faces an investigation into allegations of alleged manslaughter and assault.

When released from custody in Germany he suffered an episode described as a panic attack. And he has been taken to a psychiatric unit.

 

GENERATION X. This is a young Marco Pantani. He’s dead now because of the effect doping had on him mentally. In that same generation who suffered the same consequences were Frank Vandenbroucke, José María Jiménez and Philippe Gaumont. All dead because of how twisted they became and the destruction they brought upon themselves. I don’t think any of them knew when they were this age what they would end up doing to do what they loved most. It should have never happened, none of it, and it’s why I will continue to fight to protect athletes from ever having to make the choices we made. Jan Ulrich cannot join this generational list. It can no longer be considered anomalous, it’s real. We fucked ourselves up, and there are so many people involved who carry on like they had nothing to do with it, and if you’re not going to help fix it, then you’re a fucking useless human being.

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