CAS to issue Ullrich doping case verdict Thursday

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Sport's highest court will issue a second verdict this week involving a doping case against a Tour de France winner.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it will publish a ruling on Thursday on an appeal filed by the International Cycling Union to have 1997 Tour winner Jan Ullrich investigated for links to Operation Puerto, a 2006 Spanish doping probe.

Cycling's governing body challenged the Swiss Olympic committee's decision not to investigate Ullrich, a retired German racer who held a Swiss license.

Ullrich served a six-month ban for using amphetamines in 2002, and a second offense could trigger a life ban from working in cycling.

Ullrich's verdict will come three days after CAS banned Alberto Contador for two years and stripped him of his 2010 Tour title for doping.