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from velonews article on Ulrich(3 posts)

from velonews article on Ulrichcyclinseth
Sep 26, 2002 7:12 AM
Ulrich's manager:

"He wanted to rediscover his hunger in a new environment," he added.

Does he mean that Jan will now be enjoying Shwartzwaldkuchen and Weinershnitzel in Tivoli Gardens instead of his mother's livingroom?
re: from velonews article on Ulrichpeter1
Sep 26, 2002 8:03 AM
Also in the article it noted that he was one of the last products of the East German cycling system. I feel a bit of sympathy for Jan. I don't know what sort of indoctrination he got behind the Iron Curtain, but I don't wonder that after knee problems and having the bad luck of racing LA in the TDF, he did a few recreational drugs. I wonder what sort of exposure to life he's had beyond "sport," as they say in Europe...CSC-Tiscali would seem a natural fit.
Take it easy on the guyPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Sep 26, 2002 9:07 AM
Peter made a good point that as one of the final products of the East German system no wonder he did a few recreational drugs... this is no more suprising than he's been known to be lazy in the off season and eat a lot in the off season. But even with this I have to give the guy an infinite ammount of respect for being able to get away with this and still be one of the best cyclists in the world. He has an Olympic gold to his name does he not? A Tour win and multiple Tour seconds. Things you can never make fun of... so why give him a hard time about the rest of his life?

Its completely the poser mentality of cycling to punch holes in the persona of even the best. And Ullrich is one of the best. Noone can argue that.