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88th Rund um Köln - 1.2
Germany, April 21, 2003
Ullrich wins in impressive style
Jan Ullrich (Team Coast) has taken his first victory in one and a half years, winning the 95 year old German classic Rund um Köln. Ullrich attacked with 53 kilometres to go in the 202 kilometre race to win solo by 1'52 in front of Danilo Hondo (Telekom) and last year's winner Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner). At an average speed of over 44 km/h, this win was no fluke, and proved that Ullrich is indeed on the right comeback road.
"It's like a miracle," a delighted Ullrich said at the finish. "I am unbelievably happy. Our tactic worked completely, I was able to protect myself in the first kilometres, and had good legs the whole time."
"Never before have I won a race this early in the season, but this is not a World Cup race," added Ullrich. "In my comeback I made up my mind to work seriously. I've learned from the faults I made and I state that I have to work hard and hurt myself."
A massive crowd turned out on Easter Monday in Köln to watch the 1997 Tour winner ride in his first race on German soil since 2001. The 29 year old did not disappoint, helping to chase down a 13 man break that had lasted for around 70 kilometres. Ullrich was third over the top of the fifth mountain climb in Overath-Ferrenberg, which saw the peloton stretched to breaking point.
With 70 kilometres to go, Ullrich turned on the gas on a small climb just before the sixth mountain climb at Biesfeld, eventually causing a 22 man selection to form. It was from this group that Ullrich put in his final and decisive attack with 53 kilometres to go. The blue clad rider powered along on his own, getting a 40 second gap in six kilometres. That's all he needed and increased it to two then three minutes as he crossed the finish line with 20 and 10 kilometres to go. His final advantage was 1'52 to the Danilo Hondo led chase group, which had no answer to Jan Ullrich today.
Ullrich's next race will be La Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday, before resting up for Liege-Bastogne-Liege and more than likely the Rund um den Henninger Turm on May 1.
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1 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Coast 4.35.40 (44.03 km/h) 2 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Telekom 1.52 3 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner 4 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Flanders-IteamNova.com 5 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Coast 6 Jörn Reuss (Ger) WINfix-techem 7 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Wiesenhof 8 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron 9 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Quick.Step-Davitamon 10 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick.Step-Davitamon 11 Manu L;Hoir (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf 12 Matteo Carrara (Ita) De Nardi-Colpack 13 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin 14 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim 15 Jens Heppner (Ger) Team Wiesenhof 16 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Flanders-IteamNova.com 17 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf 18 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop 19 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin 20 Kai Hundertmarck (Ger) Team Telekom 1.59 21 Bobby Julich (USA) Team Telekom 22 David Kopp (Ger) Team Telekom 2.17 23 Rafael Nuritdinov (Uzb) De Nardi-Colpack 12.34 24 Sergei Krushevskiy (Uzb) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin 25 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Lotto-Domo 26 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon 27 Björnar Vestöl (Nor) Team fakta 28 Jan Verstraeten (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim 29 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Lotto-Domo 30 Lars Wackernagel (Ger) Team Wiesenhof 31 Erik Lievens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 32 Domenico Passuello (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon 33 Ondrej Fadrny (Cze) De Nardi-Colpack 34 Gian Matteo Fagnini (Ita) Team Telekom 35 Frederic Gabriel (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin 36 Michel Van Haecke (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop 37 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Team Telekom
Professional event (Cat. 1.3) 2002 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner 2001 Gian Matteo Fagnini (Ita) Telekom 2000 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) 1999 Jens Heppner (Ger) 1998 Not Held 1997 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) 1996 Erik Zabel (Ger) 1995 Erik Dekker (Ned) 1994 Udo Bölts (Ger) 1993 Wim Van Eynde (Bel) 1992 Louis De Koning (Ned) 1991 Jerry Coman (Bel) 1990 Noél Segers (Bel) Amateur event 1989 Domenik Krieger (Ger) 1988 Lutz Losch (Ger) 1987 Werner Wüller (Ger) 1986 Remig Stumpf (Ger) 1985 Han Vaanhold (Ned) 1984 Stani Mikolajczuk (Ger) 1983 Wolf-Dieter Wohlfshohl (Ger) 1982 J. Echter-mann (Ger) 1981 Michael Mohr (Ger) 1980 Achim Stadler (Ger) 1979 (3) Wilfried Trott (Ger) 1978 Arie Hassink (Ned) 1977 Scheunemann (Ned) 1976 (2) Wilfried Trott (Ger) 1975 Jan Smyrak (Ger) 1974 Dietrich Thurau (Ger) 1973 H. Jungbluth (Ger) 1972 Wilfried Trott (Ger) 1971 R. Gilson (Lux) 1970 Streckies (Ger) 1969 Jürgen Tschan (Ger) Professional event 1968 Burkhard Ebert (Ger) 1967 Noél Foré (Bel) 1966 Piet Glemser (Ger) 1965 (2) Horst Oldenburg (Ger) 1964 Horst Oldenburg (Ger) Amateur event 1963 Wilfried Bölke (Ger) 1962 S. Koch (Ger) 1961 Smits (Bel) 1960 Mathias Löder (Ger) 1959 H. Hofmann (Ger) 1958 W.-J. Edler (Ger) 1957 W. Grabo (Ger) 1956 Edi Ziegler (Ger) 1955 (2) Hans Preiskeit (Ger) 1954 W. Irr-gang (Ger) - Amateur 1953 Günther Otto (Ger) 1952 Popp (Ger) - Amateur 1951 H. Schwarzer (Ger) 1950 a) Holzmann - b) Scherpenborg (Ger) - Amateur 1949 Schultenjohann (Ger) 1948 (2) H. Schwarzer (Ger) - Amateur 1947 Holthöfer (Ger) - Amateur 1946 Nowa-kowski (Ger) - Amateur 1944-1945: Not Held 1943 Kittsteiner (Ger) - Amateur 1942 H. Schwarzer (Ger) - Amateur 1941 Hans Preiskeit (Ger) - Amateur 1940 J. Kropp (Ger) - Amateur 1939 Willi Meurer (Ger) - Amateur 1938 Franz Bronold (Ger) - Amateur 1937 (29 Emil Kijewski (Ger) 1936 (2) Erich Bautz (Ger) 1935 Emil Kijewski (Ger) 1934 Kurt Stöpel (Ger) 1933 a) Erich Bautz - J. Neumeyer (Ger) - Amateur 1932 a) J. Kraus (Lux) - b) H. Weiß - Amateur 1931 H. Rü-diger (Ger) 1930 Otto Kratz (Ger) - Amateur 1929 a) Franz Schmitz - b) W. Frielingsdorf (Ger) - Amateur 1928 Alfredo Binda (Ita) 1927 Gaetano Belloni (Ita) 1926 Heinriich Suter (Swi) 1925 (2) Paul Kohl (Ger) 1924 Paul Kohl (Ger) 1923 Fritz Fischer (Ger) 1922 Paul Koch (Ger) 1921 (2) Adolf Huschke (Ger) 1920 Adam Sachs (Ger) - Amateur 1915-1919: Not Held 1914 (2) Ernst Franz (Ger) 1913 Ernst Franz (Ger) 1912 J. Steingass (Ger) 1911 Adolf Huschke (Ger) 1910 Jean Rosellen & Karl Wittig (Ger) 1909 Otto Wincziers (Ger) 1908 Fritz Tacke (Ger) Past winners by Mario Stiehl, www.world-of-cycling.com