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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