Jan Ullrich arrested after allegedly attacking escort in Frankfurt hotel

Former German cyclist Jan Ullrich won the Tour de France in 1997

A former victor of the Tour de France was arrested in Frankfurt for allegedly beating and attempting to strangle an escort in his hotel suite.

Ullrich was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when police detained him on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm, the spokeswoman said.

A police statement said the woman needed medical treatment. According to reports, several grammes of a "white substance" were found in the room.

German police confirmed that a 44-year-old hotel guest had been arrested following a "physical confrontation". Mr Ullrich said he was only trying to talk to his neighbour.

"It seems Mr Ullrich and an escort women had a dispute and that he attacked her", Lerch said. He allegedly forced his way onto the property of his neighbor, German actor and director Til Schweiger, and provoked a fight in his garden.

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Ullrich told Germany's Bild newspaper in an interview this week that he had marriage problems and was emotionally stressed after his wife had made a decision to separate.

"The separation from Sara and distance from my children, whom I have not seen since Easter and have barely spoken to, have had a great effect on me", said Ullrich. "I have done things as a result that I very much regret", Ullrich told the mass circulation daily.

But he was then embroiled in doping allegations and excluded from the 2006 Tour de France over his links to the Operation Puerto scandal that centred on disgraced doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who gave performance-enhancing blood transfusions to top cyclists. I took nothing that the others didn't also take.

In 2013, he admitted to doping, having been served a two-year ban by sporting regulators.

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