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April 25, 2004

Ullrich: I built up muscle mass

BBC SPORT | Ullrich rubbishes critics

Ullrich:

"The thing about my weight is rubbish. I trained a lot in the winter and built up muscle mass."

He added: "This additional strength will help me to cope with the demands of the Tour and overcome them."

Me:

Right.

It's strange that all the extra muscle mass hasn't helped him in the early season.

In all seriousness, even if muscle mass is the explanation for the extra weight, it's not likely to help him. Cyclists who build up have to carry all that weight over Europe's highest peaks, and usually find themselves at a disadvantage.

One of the changes that made Lance Armstrong a Tour champion was that he dropped a lot of upper-body mass (due to his cancer treatment) that he had carried since his triathlon days.

Posted by Frank Steele on April 25, 2004 in Jan Ullrich | Permalink

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