Jan Ullrich, 1997 Tour de France winner, to work at Rund um Koeln in Cologne

COLOGNE, Germany -- Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich, who admitted to doping in 2013, says he is returning to cycling as sporting director of the classic Rund um Koeln race in Cologne.

Ullrich told the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper it's "a great honor" to be part of his "absolute favorite race" on June 11. Ullrich won the event in 2003.

Ullrich, 43, who in 1997 became the only German cyclist to win the Tour de France, was dogged by doping allegations throughout his career and admitted to German magazine Focus in 2013 that he received blood-doping treatment from Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.

Ullrich had been banned for doping for two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport the year before. He retired in 2007.