January 24, 2005
Ullrich in shape, confident for Tour
Jan Ullrich is said to be in better shape than last year at this time, Andreas Klöden and Alexandre Vinokourov are still on board, and now they've hired Oscar Sevilla from Phonak and Olaf Pollack from Gerolsteiner, to support Erik Zabel, whose final sprint is starting to grow less fearsome.
Any of Ullrich, Vinokourov or Klöden could be back on the podium this year, and manager Olaf Ludwig says that focuses the team on one goal:
"When we've got three cyclists aiming for a top-three finish there's only one objective - and that's to win the Tour."
Ullrich himself says his prospects are improving daily:
"The Tour is the race I want to win," said the T-Mobile rider, who has finished runner-up five times but could only manage fourth in 2004's event.
"I'm in training to be the best in the world and I want to once again prove something to myself."
During T-Mobile's official team presentation today, the company announced that it will extend its sponsorship by two years, through 2008.
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