Jan Ullrich confirms no comeback to p...

Jan Ullrich confirms no comeback to pro cycling

There are 12 comments on the www.cyclingnews.com story from Dec 4, 2008, titled Jan Ullrich confirms no comeback to pro cycling. In it, www.cyclingnews.com reports that:

German Jan Ullrich re-stated that he won't make a comeback to racing despite the recent comeback of Lance Armstrong. The 1997 Tour de France champion, 35 years old today, is focused on family life.

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bianchi dude

Billings, MT

#1 Dec 16, 2008
Jan Ullrich is the man, and as a pro cyclist myself he has always been a great hero of mine. Even as an American I don't care how many races Lance has won. I don't hate him, but he has never been my cycling hero. Jan has, and will always be since he caught my interest in the sport. Oh yeah, Ullrich finishd 2nd in the tour de france a total of 5 times. 1996 98, 00, 01 and 03. Look it up and do your work before you write the article.
Jake

South San Francisco, CA

#2 Dec 16, 2008
bianchi dude wrote:
Jan Ullrich is the man, and as a pro cyclist myself he has always been a great hero of mine. Even as an American I don't care how many races Lance has won. I don't hate him, but he has never been my cycling hero. Jan has, and will always be since he caught my interest in the sport. Oh yeah, Ullrich finishd 2nd in the tour de france a total of 5 times. 1996 98, 00, 01 and 03. Look it up and do your work before you write the article.
Wow. You're like my twin. Even though Ullrich left under some shady conditions, and probably did dope, he's the reason I got into the sport and he had me at Guten Tag.

“The truth will set you free...”

Since: Jul 07

Lisbon

#3 Dec 17, 2008
bianchi dude wrote:
Jan Ullrich is the man, and as a pro cyclist myself he has always been a great hero of mine.(...) Oh yeah, Ullrich finishd 2nd in the tour de france a total of 5 times. 1996 98, 00, 01 and 03. Look it up and do your work before you write the article.
This article was copied from a source and, as an editor, I found that I shouldn't change the original text which, in its context, is accurate.

The five times that both Jan and Lance rode the Tour de France, Jan was second on three ocasions (2000, 2001 and 2003), third (2005) and fourth (2006).

Of course you know he was second to Pantani in 1998 (the Festina scandal year) and to Riis in his debut in 1996, having won the 1997 race.

Thanks for your comment, but I think there's no reason to alter the original text.

“The truth will set you free...”

Since: Jul 07

Lisbon

#4 Dec 17, 2008
Jake wrote:
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Wow. You're like my twin.(...)
Guys, speaking as a fan, Jan Ullrich is clearly the reason why so many people watched the TdF year after year. I am one too !...

Although Lance was winning it all, Jan always kept his posture, remained true to himself and never was a maniac like the American.

I became a fan in 1997 (then, I thought Bjarne Riis was awesome... until the Andorra-Arcalis stage) and still to this day I think Jan was the most talented cyclist ever.

Jan's the man !!!
roger the welshman in oz

Brisbane, Australia

#6 Jan 26, 2009
jan is a gentleman.he did not believe in himself.he could have beaten riis in 96.with a team as good as lance had plus confidence he would have been unbeatable.but more importantly he has found true happiness with his family.his mother did a great job.he was magic on the bike and just looked so right.despite his successes lance is insecure and has missed the adulation.jan did not have proper guidance.
kent lad

UK

#7 Jan 27, 2009
Fantastic thread.... I loved Jan The Man, He was a true strongman on the bike he used to push some big gears!! Those were some of the best tours i have seen in my life. Pantani was awesome as well. I know the sport was riddled with drugs then but it was still fantastic to watch. Lance had his place he was truely formidable, however he only realy raced/trained for one tour each year obviously the tdf however the true greats in my opinion would race many of the grand tours each year.
Vinesh Arsenal

Mauritius

#8 Jul 27, 2009
Jan was a great cyclist, he was to good in 96 & 97. For me he was far more better than Pantani and Lance. He was the only rider using the biggest gear and sitting on his bike and make lance sweat. I still remember the individual race where he showed the world why he was the best in that field, without the best team, lance would not have been able to compete with Jan, and Lance always said that the only one he was afraid year and year was Jan. i was eager to see Jan again on a tour but am sure he wont come now. How can Vinokourove come back after doping but not Jan, Jan is a true cyclist champion even though they don't give him his true value at Tour De France. Wish u all the best Jan, always be among my heroes.
Gus

Vancouver, Canada

#9 Jul 27, 2009
Vinesh Arsenal wrote:
Jan was a great cyclist, he was to good in 96 & 97. For me he was far more better than Pantani and Lance. He was the only rider using the biggest gear and sitting on his bike and make lance sweat. I still remember the individual race where he showed the world why he was the best in that field, without the best team, lance would not have been able to compete with Jan, and Lance always said that the only one he was afraid year and year was Jan. i was eager to see Jan again on a tour but am sure he wont come now. How can Vinokourove come back after doping but not Jan, Jan is a true cyclist champion even though they don't give him his true value at Tour De France. Wish u all the best Jan, always be among my heroes.
...so Jan didn't DOPE???,c'mon man,why do you think he quit??? If he had learned to Spin like Lance,he would have stood a better chance!!!
Raymond

Perpignan, France

#10 Jul 27, 2009
Gus wrote:
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...so Jan didn't DOPE???,c'mon man,why do you think he quit??? If he had learned to Spin like Lance,he would have stood a better chance!!!
Gus, some of the comments on these forums are beyond belief. Many do not have a clue about what they are posting. Mais Cest vie.

ps Many of this type saw no wrong in Hitler. LOL
Raymond

Perpignan, France

#11 Jul 27, 2009
ps. ps. I forgot Salazar and Franco. LMAO

“The truth will set you free...”

Since: Jul 07

Lisbon

#12 Jul 28, 2009
Raymond wrote:
ps. ps. I forgot Salazar and Franco. LMAO
Right on, Raymond.

As some people say: "These guy don't know what a steak is!"

The definition of doping is very broad and the frontiers to medicine are very hard to tell.

Every single cyclist is on a strict diet of food, medicines and "other" treatments and procedures.

What is doping ?
mike

Edinburgh, UK

#13 Jul 28, 2009
I was a Jan fan. I don't know if anyone remembers, but on Alp D'hueze in 2003, he had a bad day when nobody was doing anything serious on the climb. He would have won that tour if he stayed with the group because he smashed everyone in the time trial.

1997 was great - I always thought he should have prepared better - and train to become a lighter climber - he struggled too much in the mountains. Let's not forget he still won the vuelta in 1999 and was TT champion and other titles.

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