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Tour de France News for May 30, 2004

Edited by Chris Henry

Ullrich tests himself

Jan Ullrich, who returned to racing Saturday at the TEAG Hainleite in Germany on the eve of the country's national tour, provided more promising indications of his preparation for the Tour de France than he has in the past months. The race 188 kilometre race in Erfurt was won by Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner), but Ullrich finished in fifth place just 13 seconds behind after attacking the main group in the closing kilometres in an effort to catch a late-race breakaway.

Ullrich has been training since his last race, the Flèche Wallonne classic in April, which he failed to finish.

"I wanted to test myself, and it went well today," the 1997 Tour de France winner commented after the race Saturday.

"I don't expect to be able to win yet [at the Tour of Germany]," Ullrich conceded nonetheless. "Unfortunately that's not within my control."

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