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Monday, May 01, 2006

Jan Update

With his ability, I wouldn't be happy with that result even if it was "only for training".

From VeloNews.com:

Ullrich satisfied with season debut
Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich said he was satisfied with his performance on his comeback from injury despite finishing almost last at the Tour of Romandie which ended on Sunday.

Ullrich finished 115th out of the 120 riders who completed all six days of the tour and ended up around 50 minutes behind winner Cadel Evans and fellow Tour de France hopeful Alejandro Valverde who was third.
The German T-Mobile rider, who won the sport's flagship event back in 1997 and has finished runner-up five times, will now continue his tune-up for the French showpiece at the Tour of Italy next month, which again he is not expecting to challenge in.

"It was a great success for me to finish this stage," said Ullrich after Sunday's time-trial. "My knee held up well and I will tackle the Tour of Italy with determination to increase my strength and to improve."
The 32-year-old injured his knee at the beginning of March in a training crash.
"This was a very difficult course but I tackled it. Even the last stage, a time-trial, was difficult," added Ullrich, a time-trial specialist.

The German finished 69th at 2min 28sec off Evans in the time-trial, an event he would normally be expected to win with ease, were he in his usual condition.

Ullrich struggled on this tour, his first race of the season, particularly on Saturday when there were three first category climbs. He finished that stage 25 minutes behind winner Valverde.

"Jan showed a lot of courage and determination in making his comeback in such a hard race. Few riders could have done that," said T-Mobile sporting director Rudy Pevenage.


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