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Ullrich Talkin' Trash??(14 posts)

Ullrich Talkin' Trash??JBergland
Mar 13, 2001 7:38 AM
Ullrich is also reported to say that he would take the fight to the double Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong this year. "He will not have it easy this time in the Tour of France" Ullrich is reported to have said. "Lance rode well in the last two years but I was not 100 percent the Ullrich of 1997."

Although if you look at this pic. from the Tour of Murcia,
Jan doesn't exactly look in 'form' yet!! I'm guessing a little extra weight, but mostly 'belly breathing'.

http://www.grahamwatson.com/2001/murcia/image8.html
I can't wait til July!!
Holy Cow!MMaggi
Mar 13, 2001 8:54 AM
I thought I was bad. I'm in pretty good shape compared to him. How can he get so out of shape?
Wow.Red
Mar 13, 2001 9:04 AM
Man, that's insane. Even I'm not in too bad of shape compared... :)

As for how he can gain so much, I heard that he has some metabolism condition or something.. Bicycle magazine mentioned it a while back that in the off season it's all but impossible for him to keep the weight off, no matter how hard he tries.

He still gets my respect for TRYING, even though it's one hell of an uphill battle for him.
re: Ullrich Talkin' Trash??Dustin
Mar 13, 2001 9:25 AM
Insane. How can he be that big? But look at his legs they look great. I don't undestand how his belly can be that big. Here is another pic of him just to see that this wasn't just a bad picture:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/2001/mar01/murcia/ullrich1.shtml

He's got some serious work to do if he is to even challenge lance.
re: Ullrich Talkin' Trash??Groucho Marx
Mar 13, 2001 7:07 PM
I don't know man. It might just be the jersy. And as long as he doesn't get injured he has plenty of time. Anyways, if one thing has taken away from Lance's great wins it that he was soo dominant. There's nothing I dislike more than complete dominance. I hate superpowers. Hopefully Ullrich will make this tour exciting.
re: Ullrich Talkin' Trash??--It's a rouseWayne
Mar 13, 2001 7:27 PM
If you look closely at his arms and legs you can see he is actually quite lean. The Telekom leaders have decided to make Jan the MAN look like he has a spare-tire. It is really a flak jacket-like device, much like what football QBs wear to protect their ribs. Jan also is using this for added weight to help him look slower than he is. I hope he kicks some Armstrong a** this July!
re: Ullrich Talkin' Trash??--It's a rouseDustin
Mar 13, 2001 7:43 PM
Are you serious about the Flak Jacket? His arms and Legs look great but the gut and even his face looks heavy.

I just looked at it again and his arms look SKINNY! Something is just not right. He has to have something under his jersey. How could he even climb with that belly?
re: Ullrich Talkin' Trash??--It's a rouseWayne
Mar 14, 2001 12:18 PM
I'm telling you it is a rouse. When people gain weight it is universally distributed, that is why spot-reducing is such a myth. If THE MAN had put on that much belly weight, his arms, face and legs would have a corresponding puffy appearance. Look at those calves! If THE MAN is in the shape he was at the Olympics, that guy from Postal will be crying like a baby as he tries to keep up with Jan in the "cols" and in the time-trials.
re: Ullrich Talkin' Trash??--It's a rouseDustin
Mar 14, 2001 5:07 PM
I agree, something is up with that picture. His arms are tiny and his legs look awesome. Anyone seen a picture of him doing the time trial at murcia? That could reveal if something is in there more than a belly.
re: Ullrich Talkin' Trash??--It's a rousejeff
Mar 14, 2001 5:13 PM
Sorry to burst your bubble, but that aint no flak jacket. Look at this site(I'm not sure when its from but I think these pics are 2, 3, maybe even four years old.).

www.damonrinard.com/photos/fesulrichtt2.jpg
re: Ullrich Talkin' Trash??yodleboy
Mar 14, 2001 11:15 AM
Look at the gear he's in. They appear to be going uphill. Man I hate pro's..........
re: Ullrich Talkin' Trash??thom
Mar 14, 2001 4:54 PM
It's belly breathing. I have seen alot of pictures of Rominger like this one and everyone knows he was never fat. I read from Phil Leggett that he was in shape, i trust Phil.
re: Ullrich Talkin' Trash??I Got The Munchies
Mar 14, 2001 7:10 PM
Have you ever seen a good ole boy NASCAR fan? There a plenty of guys that can grow a huge gut while the rest of their body remains normal so I don't buy the flack jacket idea. Belly breathing sounds more plausable but still, knowing how heavy he was last year I wouldn't doubt this is his real gut exagurated slightly by breathing.

I do think he was shown up really bad last year and saw how determined he was to win the final time trial over Lance. I think he will work himself into good form again this year but don't think we will ever see the young Ullrich again. Yeah, he has a good chance but I think a pure climber will make a bigger surpise this year with the very mountainous course and time trial.
Don't be so silly all of you!Greg Grimble
Mar 15, 2001 7:27 AM
Well I never! What a funny lot you are!
Jan looks pretty much in shape to me, a few kilos to loose in the next 3 months, but I am sure that is going to be straight forward.
He is clearly breathing deeply on the pic - as some other post wisely said top pros have lungs that push their stomachs out.
Have you really never noticed this effect before?