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ULLRICH!(18 posts)

May 27, 2003 9:46 AM
Apologies if this has already been posted.

I for one am glad to see a little more competition this year in the TdF.


By VeloNews Interactive wire services
Copyright AFP2003

This report filed May 27, 2003

Jan Ullrich will top the bill when Bianchi, his third team in a year, stages its team presentation in Dresden on the eve of the Tour of Germany next Monday.

Ullrich's new sponsor stepped in to replace Team Coast, recently banned by the sport's ruling body. The new Bianchi squad will make its Tour de France debut with the reigning Olympic champion in July.

However, Bianchi's general manager Jacques Hanegraaf, said the team could be forced to don drab neutral jerseys for a one-day race on Saturday, then the German showpiece on Tuesday, if the new jerseys are not ready in time.

"They should be ready between now and then," said the former Dutch professional, who saw his team registered on Friday by the UCI, a

pre-requisite for entry to this year's centenary Tour.

"But if they're not we'll just have to wear neutral jerseys." Ullrich's involvement in this year's Tour has added much needed spice to a race that has been dominated by American Lance Armstrong for the past four years.

Ullrich won the Tour in 1997 and has finished runner-up an impressive four times. The 29-year-old German - who left Telekom last autumn - is still considered the 31-year-old U.S. Postal rider's main rival for the world's toughest bike race.

Ullrich, who joined Team Coast two months ago only to see the German outfit hit financial difficulties, is said to be "very motivated" to get back to top form and will take part in the 188.7km one-day race near Erfurt (in eastern Germany) on Saturday before embarking on the Tour of Germany next Tuesday.

"Jan has been training and he's very motivated," added Hanegraaf.
Copyright AFP2003
May 27, 2003 11:17 AM
What, no one will lone him a jersey?
I don't get it.
May 27, 2003 11:40 AM
With Bianchi taking over for Coast, the new Team Bianchi kits don't exist yet. Plus, it probably takes a while to find enough fabric to fit Ulrich and his "not quite in top form" heft!
they could always just wear theseDougSloan
May 27, 2003 12:06 PM
I could loan him one...
tried that one on in xxxl (3xl)JS Haiku Shop
May 27, 2003 12:16 PM
...and mrs. haiku said i looked like one of the village people.

LBS guy (this was not in memphis) commented that people my build (6'2" 200#) are considered giant ogres in italy, and clothing in my size is atypical.

wonder if ullrich could fit into one. i'm thinking he's 5'10" to 6', around 170?
tried that one on in xxxl (3xl)kjr39
May 27, 2003 7:55 PM
lol @ JS. My brother and I were in France and they seem to be the same way size-wize.

I am 6' and 220# (235# at the time) and he's 6'2" and 250#. We got some strange looks from the natives...
jersey needs to go through UCI nmcyclopathic
May 28, 2003 5:27 AM
plot thickens -- maybe Pantani too?DougSloan
May 27, 2003 12:11 PM

That should be reminiscent of Hinault/LeMond.

wow, he really is an obnoxious bastid!JS Haiku Shop
May 27, 2003 12:18 PM
"I'm always looking for the motivation to keep racing and the Tour would be perfect. It would also show I'm serious about racing again which should get Armstrong worried," he added.

it's nice watching him ride on form, though!
Maybe Cipo should join the team, too-nmms
May 27, 2003 12:19 PM
i was thinking the same thing!! who else could challenge usps?NMstik__boy
May 27, 2003 1:09 PM
maybe USPS vs an all star team? nmDougSloan
May 27, 2003 1:12 PM
LOL at PantaniRJF
May 27, 2003 2:00 PM
Yeah, Marco. Lance is shaking in his boots. LOL. Pantani is so delusional. Without drugs, Pantani has a shot at winning the odd stage, but is not a legitimate tour contender. And I liked his old ears and nose better -- the new ones rob his face of the character it once had.
payback for Ventouxcyclopathic
May 28, 2003 5:40 AM
is all he is looking for give him a break
How about win the Giro first, then scare Lance. nmgcbgcb
May 27, 2003 2:06 PM
Hey this will be new: competition in the Tour!!!nmDjudd
May 27, 2003 1:31 PM
Is the USPS like the Bulls after win 5?Kristin
May 27, 2003 1:42 PM
It seems as if the popularity of the USPS is waining because they win too much. Fans got really bored near the end of the Jordan era. (Will it ever end? retired...not retired...retired, add nausia. Hopefully Lance will have more common sense than that.) Anyway, I wonder if people are getting bored with Armstrongs reign? But wouldn't it be cool if he won like 3 more?
I don't mind (or care) if LA wins, I want some competition...Djudd
May 27, 2003 2:23 PM
The Tdf has been boring w/o competition. Not Lance's fault, he does his job well..he wipes out whomever is there.