Sign ' Ullrich and Sevilla at Relax '
February 5, 2007 5:36am CST
Jan Ullrich and oscar Sevilla seem their have future to each other joined. Spanish the newspaper ASH reported that Sevilla already at Relax-Gam have signed and appears its former follow head man on the point. Both have been a new find plough after their dismissal at t t-Mobile already very doing together, so far without concrete result. The Spanish ProContinentale plough Relax-Gam seem now have Sevilla already, whereas also of the Jan an obligation would lie ready. Then have Relax should the deal continue already a strong number of cyclers in the ranks which came in the recent past concerning possible doping practices. Under other Francisco Mancebo, santiago Perez and sting Vicioso lies under contract at the 'red' formatie. The same Jan Ullrich made today on its Internet site proudly to have confessed in sea have gone with the Swiss textile company ' X-Technology '. The German will be finished as from today by the manufacturer ,manufacturer, manufacturer in its newest publicity campaign.
6 Apr 07
Jan Ullrich (born December 2, 1973 in Rostock, Germany) is a retired German professional road bicycle racer. In 1997, he was the first German to win the Tour de France. He went on to achieve five second place finishes, along with a fourth place (2004) and a third place finish (2005). In late February, 2007, he announced his retirement at a press conference. Critics consider Ullrich as one of the most talented riders of all time: he can combine great power with a soft, athletic style, with his time trials as perfect examples. Despite, or perhaps because of this talent, critics consider Ullrich to be "lazy" as he was notorious for becoming out of shape during the off season. Ullrich won a gold and a silver medal in the Olympics 2000 in Sydney, as well as the 1999 Vuelta a España. Although not known as a one-day race specialist, he won the HEW Cyclassics in front of an adoring home crowd in Hamburg in 1997, and has made podium finishes in other editions of the HEW Cyclassics, and the hilly classic Clásica de San Sebastián. His victorious ride in the 1997 Tour de France led to a bicycle sports boom in Germany. Before the 1997 Tour, Ullrich had two wins in 1997. They were a stage in the Tour de Suisse and the German national Road Race championship a week before the tour started. Despite being a teammate of the previous year's winner Bjarne Riis, Ullrich quickly became the favorite in the 1997 Tour de France. He started strongly, finishing second in the prologue behind Chris Boardman. On stage 9 which was the first mountain stage which was won by Frenchman Laurent Brochard, Ullrich showed loyalty as he worked for Riis throughout the stage. Only on the last ascent of the day when Richard Virenque attacked did Ullrich react. Riis struggled to keep up and finished 30 seconds back behind the trio of Virenque, Marco Pantani and Ullrich. On the following stage 10 when Riis again was falling back as the pace was hotting up, Ullrich was seen riding back to the Telekom teamcar to ask permission to attack. He returned to the lead group and pushed ahead up the climb leaving the great climbers Pantani and Virenque in his wake. Afterwards Ullrich said "Today I believed I could. I made the break, then looked back and saw no-one coming with me so I thought this is it and pressed on."  It was a dominant win where he finished over a minute ahead of Pantani and Virenque which earned him his first yellow jersey, at which the German press started following the Tour more closely. For this performance and ability to keep his nerves, the French sports newspaper L'Équipe, considered him to be one of the top bicycle racers with the words Voilà le Patron ("Here is the boss"). Several days later, Ullrich won the Stage 12 Individual time trial. It was another dominant win whereby he became the only person in Tour history to win a time trial with a three minute gap between him and the number two. Ullrich overtook Virenque, who had started out three minutes in front of him and would finish second to Ullrich in the time trial, near the end of the time trial. On the stage to the Alpe d'Huez, Marco Pantani launched a devastating attack. Ullrich who was 9 minutes ahead of Pantani in the general classification produced a great ride to limit his losses to only 47 seconds. Again on the Morzine stage, Pantani attacked and won the stage while Ullrich once again was able to limit his time losses. In the final time trial which was won by Abraham Olano, Ullrich further extended his lead over Richard Virenque and on the following day became the first German to be the overall winner. At the age of 23, Ullrich was the fourth youngest winner of the Tour since 1947. Two weeks later, he won the German semi-classic the Hews Cycling Classic in Hamburg. A further two weeks later Ullrich was beaten by Italian Davide Rebellin in a bunch sprint in the Cycling World Cup event the GP Suisse. He was chosen "sports person of the year" in Germany in 1997.