May 26, 2004
Ullrich returns to racing; training hits high gear
Procycling quotes a posting on JanUllrich.de (in German) that Ullrich is exiting a 4-week period of "intensive training" in Tuscany.
Ullrich will suit up Saturday at the TEAG Hainleite, then race in the Tour of Germany, starting May 31.
In a statement clearly designed both to hit back at his critics and to reassure his supporters, Ullrich claimed: "I didn’t embark on a training blitz in May because I lacked fitness: in fact, after so many weeks of hard work early in the year I had a very good base.
"In the first few real competitive tests I just realised that I lacked a bit of race rhythm. I’ve improved that now," Ullrich concluded.