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Does Ullrich's win mean a threat for the tour? (nm)(7 posts)

Does Ullrich's win mean a threat for the tour? (nm)QUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Apr 21, 2003 7:30 PM
re: Does Ullrich's win mean a threat for the tour? (nm)gray8110
Apr 21, 2003 8:24 PM
I think Ullrich is a WHOLE lot stronger than he's letting on.. he's kept up with the pack in the climbing stages in Aragon. He didn't exactly beat a strong field today, but he won a race w/a 55km solo breakaway.. that's pretty tough regardless of the field. Jan will be competitive in the tour in some fashion.
I hope you're right last year's TdF was not a classic...Djudd
Apr 21, 2003 8:40 PM
there has to be some competition, it's boring watching everyone ride for second, hoping not get blown off of Armstrong's wheel it some point
Well he might not be able to win this year but ...phatlizard
Apr 21, 2003 11:04 PM
... he will take a lot of attention away from Lance.
The media will push that "battle" like crazy and it will make the whole Tour much more exciting to watch!
Europeans (esp. the French) love fallen heros, and compared to others he didn't fall that deep!
When they did the presentation of the TdF 2003 in Paris last year, Lance got applause and Ullrich was greeted with a standing ovation!
Winning the Tour for the 5th time is simply boring the people here to death - but I am sure it will happen for Lance!
He is very much admired and liked here in Germany (Lance that is!) but the french simply don't seem to respect him!
I think they believe no American should win the TdF in the first place!
My prediction is Lance will win the Tour but if Ullrich just manages to stay close to him or even win one stage the people here will go ballistic!

I am sure looking forward to it!

Well he might not be able to win this year but ...wielerpret
Apr 22, 2003 12:57 AM
I fully agree. Lance was dancing his way up the Limburg hillocks again in the Amstel Gold Race. Very impressive. Ullrich hasn't reached that level just yet. Perhaps riding the Giro may help him lose some more pounds and make the necessary miles. Taking his queue (not likely)from Lance to learn to climb in a low gear could also help. In any case it is going to be an uphill struggle for him. Cheers. Luke. Amsterdam.
Ulrich's weight problem?elviento
Apr 22, 2003 12:28 PM
His one bad winter from several years ago has been blown way out of proportion. Have you seen Jan's recent race pictures? Anyone who says he is fat, I'd like to see your full nude picture to back it up.
He used to look bad after the winter ...phatlizard
Apr 22, 2003 12:53 PM
... but he never looked as healthy and ready to go like he does this year!
As much as Lance is the man for TdF Ullrich was usually on top of his game for the Worldchampionships or Olympics! September, October ...
It will be very interesting to see how he will do in July this year!