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Jan Ullrich to ride the Vuelta!(11 posts)

Jan Ullrich to ride the Vuelta!Coolhand
Jul 30, 2003 10:30 AM
Yeah, now I can cheer for him to win (not just come in second).

"An all-star roster is shaping up for September's Vuelta a España.

Jan Ullrich (Bianchi) is among the last four Vuelta winners who have committed to be at the start line in Gijon in northern Spain on Sept. 6 for the debut of the season's last major grand tour.

Ullrich won the 1999 Vuelta and will share leadership duties with Bianchi teammate Angel Casero, winner of the 2001 Vuelta. Roberto Heras, a winner in 2000, will be back for U.S. Postal Service while defending champion Aitor Gonzalez (Fassa Bortolo) will start his third grand tour of the season to try to salvage something from what's been an illness-marred season.

Other major Spanish names expected to start at the 58th Vuelta will be 2001 runner-up Oscar Sevilla (Kelme), who missed the Tour de France with a lingering injury, as well as ONCE's Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, back from a broken collarbone. will come with Juan Miguel Mercado and Francisco Mancebo while Euskaltel will line up with Haimar Zubeldia, fresh off his fifth place at the Tour. Iban Mayo, however, isn't expected to start for the boys in orange.

All eyes will be on Jose Antonio Pecharromán, who upset Heras at June's Volta a Catalunya, to see if he can follow-up with a solid performance in a major three-week tour.

Other names include Cadel Evans (Telekom) and Levi Leipheimer (Rabobank), both of whom are coming back from injuries that kept them out of the Tour. There's no word yet on whether Team CSC's Tyler Hamilton will start the Vuelta."

Should be a great Vuelta!

wonderful news!!fcebedo
Jul 30, 2003 10:37 AM
This year just keeps getting better and better.

This move makes sense since he seems to be getting stronger still (coming into form).

Now if Hincapie could just win one of those Fall Classics...

re: Jan Ullrich to ride the Vuelta!noveread
Jul 30, 2003 10:47 AM
But we always knew Jan was to ride the Vuelta. Now, after having taken 2nd in the Tour, will he still ride for the win or will he ride as training for worlds? I hope he rides to win! And I hope Levi can have a good roace too. I can't imagine Tyler will ride another 3week tour after having ridden one already with a cracked collarbone...

The Empty Wrapper
re: Jan Ullrich to ride the Vuelta!Coolhand
Jul 30, 2003 10:57 AM
Well seeing he was "just riding for next year" at the start of this year's Tour, despite whatever Jan says we will see when the cranks start getting turned in anger. Besides, Jan always lets his pedals do the talking- something Simoni should observe.

I would like to see what Levi can do as well.

Also Heras was sick in the TdF and could not do much-- he will be wanting a good result as well.

Pechrroman is the wildcard- he has really come out of nowhere- much like Rumsas did last year. Lets just hope it is for different reasons.

Coolhand (thank goodness for OLN!)
Pantani? nmDougSloan
Jul 30, 2003 11:31 AM
Pantani? nm03Vortex
Jul 30, 2003 12:23 PM
He needs to retire and admit to himself that what he did in the past was because of the drugs.
he did some fair riding in the giro. i'm a fan. (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jul 31, 2003 6:00 AM
yeah Pantani is...BAi9302010
Aug 1, 2003 2:26 PM
and he did a good ride in the giro and would have had a top 10 finish if he hadn't lost 15+ minutes in a crash on the 2nd to last mountain stage. with proper training and lots of racing he should be able to return as a grand tour gc challenger, even if it's not to the level pre-2000.
Savoldelli? nmseyboro
Jul 31, 2003 7:24 PM
Mayo and Zubeldia won't ride VueltaCoolhand
Aug 1, 2003 6:45 AM
Mayo and Zubeldia won't ride Vuelta
Euskaltel-Euskadi will be without its two top Tour riders in the Vuelta España, after Haimar Zubeldia chose to follow Iban Mayo in not starting. Both riders are tired after a tough season, according to team leader Julian Gorospe.
Alex Zulle will be there too...BAi9302010
Aug 1, 2003 2:36 PM
from what I could decipher on his website the Vuelta is his main goal of the season at this point and he definately plans to ride it, although according to his team manager he needs to find the right motivation because he had a bad race a couple days ago and finished 20 minutes down on the leaders or something.