But that is a lot. Rogers came to the Giro with the aim of winning the prologue and the ITT. Gonchar is the designated GC man and seems to be in good shape. By the team's time we can assume that the team is in good form. Ullrich, who is supposedly out of shape, was hammering the rest of the team. Despite his placing in Romandie, it does not look like he is in as bad as shape as some would believe.55x11 said:Today we discovered that T-mobile has some good team trial riders, and that apparently Ullrich is one of the top 5 strongest riders in his own team. That's all.
No - Ullrich didn't ride the Giro Italia in 2003. He rode the TdS that year.tube_ee said:Didn't Jan ride the Giro for Bianchi? You know, the May before he gave Lance the hardest race of LA's career? Seems to me like that might be a working formula for Jan. You know, I wonder if we won't see more of that anyway. Teams are having to ride more races, despite the I-still-don't-understand-it condition of the ProTour. And it's always been said that riding a three-week race makes deep changes in a rider's body. Maybe Jan needs racing to give him the kind of hard miles that Lance could put in in training.
Disclosure: I'm rooting for two things in July: A great Tour, won by Jan Ullrich. I've always thought he got a bad rap for never beating Lance. You know, maybe he was just the second-best Tour rider of his generation. I always figured that the reason he never beat him was simply that Lance was always that tiny fraction better. But in most of the Tours they raced together, Ullrich and Armstrong were clearly the class of the field. Nobody else was close. I want him to go out from the top step of the podium. Win the Tour, set the hour record, and retire