June 07, 2004
Ullrich: 'Diesel working, turbo not yet'
Jan Ullrich assessed his overall fitness as good after the Tour of Germany. "All of the sudden I began to feel that the hard training from the last few weeks was beginning to pay off."
Ullrich says he thinks the final time trial of this year's Tour de France may be decisive:
"I'm not one of those who think that the Alpe d'Huez time trial will be the decisive stage," Ullrich explained. "I'm not focusing only on that stage because, having seen the profile of the Besançon time trial, we're sure it won't play out like the one between Pornic and Nantes last year. It's more like the Gaillac time trial."
Gaillac was the TT stage where Ullrich put more than 1:30 into Armstron during last year's Tour.
Ullrich thinks his characteristic powerful, low-revving style is just about back to normal:
"My diesel motor is working again, the turbo not yet," he said.
Next up for Ullrich is the Tour of Switzerland.
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