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The Education of Jan Ullrich(10 posts)

The Education of Jan UllrichJohn R.
Jul 21, 2001 6:41 AM
I agree with Phil, Paul and LA - JU has delivered a gritty performance in this TDF, suffering like he has never suffered before (covered in dirt - my gosh, he looked like he had been playing rugby). It must be absolutely demoralizing to see LA dance away stage after stage.

After this TDF what will JU do? Will he be completely broken, will he decide that 2nd place is not too bad after all, or will he dig down deeper than ever and find a motivation to develop to his fullest potential?

Let's all hope the latter. This could be a turning point for JU from one of the best to one of the greatest.

John R.
maybe he could try mountain bike racingslowideclyde
Jul 21, 2001 7:25 AM
He certainly knows how to quickly recover from an endo. I still bristle when people compare him to Merckx, but I have a new found respect for the red headed wunderkind. Surely he can see the writing on the wall and knows he is destined for 2nd again. Regardless of how much more or less talented he is than Lance, he is clearly 2nd best. Despite this, he is continuing to fight with everything he's got and he finally seems to care.
the irony is.....AD14
Jul 21, 2001 9:02 AM
if it werent for Lance he would be a multiple winner hailed as one of the greats even now. Long live Lance Armstrong.
the irony is.....jschrotz
Jul 21, 2001 10:11 AM
Where's the irony in that? If it hadn't been for the presence of Indurain, we'd also probably be talking about guys like Rominger and Bugno as great champions as well. I think this year will prove to be a big revelation to Ullrich. He's shown up in phenomenal shape, and Armstrong is still leaving him behind at will. I'm a big fan of Jan's, much more so than Lance, and I think Armstrong's show of strength in this year's Tour is a sign to Ullrich and his coaches that they're not going to be able to rely on the old school methods of preparation anymore if he wants to win another TdF. I don't think he's particularly happy being the eternal second to Armstrong, and his attacks today showed that he's not going to go down to Armstrong without putting up a fight. Let's hope this drives Ullrich to prepare more completely for next year's race.
I love this subjective nonsense...Lou M
Jul 21, 2001 10:32 AM
my favorite (refer to previous postings): JU is the most talented cyclist in the world, another one, JU is not in his best shape and he will/can come back stronger next year. How many BEATINGS does it take for a man to want to be a champion? (I am sorry, that's right, he won one, my deep apologies. However, he will put a stamp in history as the TDF's second best finisher ever.) My simple answer, he is just not good enough to beat LA. We can seat here and speculate on how great JU could be. Give me a break. As they say, THAT'S WHY THE PLAY THE GAME!!! Championships are settled on the court, field, road, etc... These are not won based on potential.
I love this subjective nonsense...AD14
Jul 21, 2001 10:54 AM
HERE HERE. Ullrich was in shape this year. Lance is improving with age it seems. I wonder if Lance really believes it when he says Jan is the most talented rider in the world today? Is that part of the psyche like the stare?
I love this subjective nonsense...Lou M
Jul 21, 2001 1:02 PM
Lance knows he is the best, he toys with Ulrich and "makes him look like a club rider", got to love Phil Ligget for that quote.
Can you say...Ron B.
Jul 21, 2001 4:22 PM
Buffalo Bills?

Granted Jan won in 1997 but then Lance was going through Chemo at that time. Since them Jan has been a perenial 2nd place rider to both Lance and Marco.

He is a great rider but he isn't the best, at least in the Tour de France.
Technique needs workSkip Intro
Jul 21, 2001 3:04 PM
Next, get your butt on the back wheel in emergency braking situations, Jan!

(He recovered very well from the OTB, though. He was up and running back to the road in an instant.)
Jan simply won't quit fighting.slowideclyde
Jul 21, 2001 7:21 PM
I respect him more than ever. So what if he's "only" the 2nd best cyclist in the world? I'd sure trade places with him.