Jan Ullrich

German cyclist

Jan Ullrich (born 2 December 1973 in Rostock, Germany) is a retired German bicycle rider. He was very good in riding in the mountains. In Individual time trials he was one of the best cyclists at his time. He won the Tour de France in 1997. Jan Ullrich is the only German athlete who has won this event.

Jan Ullrich
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Jan Ullrich in January 2014
Personal information
Full nameJan Ullrich
NicknameDer Kaiser, Der Jan, Der Junge, The Yoyo[1]
Born (1973-12-02) 2 December 1973 (age 46)
Rostock, East Germany
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11 st 7 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeAll-rounder
Amateur team(s)
1987SG Dynamo Rostock
1987–1989SC Dynamo Berlin
1991SC Berlin
1992–1994RG Hamburg
Professional team(s)
1995–2002Team Telekom
2003Team Coast
2003Team Bianchi
2004–2006T-Mobile Team
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
General classification (1997)
Young riders classification (1996, 1997, 1998)
7 individual stages (1996, 1997, 1998, 2003)
Vuelta a España
General classification (1999)
2 individual stages (1999)

Stage races

Tour de Suisse (2004)

One-day races and Classics

World Time Trial Championships (1999, 2001)
National Road Race Championships (1997, 2001)
National Time Trial Championships (1995)
Olympic Road Race (2000)
HEW Cyclassics (1997)
Giro dell'Emilia (2001)
Rund um Köln (2003)

BeginningEdit

Jan Ullrich started cycling early. When he was ten years old, he won his first race. After Germany's reunification he went to a club in Hamburg. In 1993, when Ullrich was 19 years old, he won the World Amateur Road Race championship in Oslo, Norway. In this year Lance Armstrong won the Professional World Race championchip. The year after, he became third in the Individual Time Race championchip. After this succes he became a professional member of the German Team "Team-Telekom".

Tour de FranceEdit

Jan Ullrich first rode the Tour de France in 1996. There he won a stage and became overall second, after his team mate Bjarne Riis. Some experts say, Jan Ullrich could have won the Tour the France that year, but he did not because he helped his team-mate over the Tour.

In 2007 Bjarne Riis said that he used drugs to win the 1996 Tour. In 1997 Jan Ullrich won the Tour the France, when he was 23 years old (fourth youngest winner of the Tour since 1947). During this year he won the Tour de Suisse, German-Tour and HEW-Cyclassics. At the end of the year, he was elected as the "sports person of the year" in Germany.

DopingEdit

Many of Jan Ullrichs Team-members said, he was taking drugs in the 90. In 2002 he tested positive for amphetamine. He said he took pills in a disco, without knowing that they were an illegal substance. He was suspended for 6 months. In 2006 Ullrich was suspected to be a client of Fuentes. In 2007 a DNA-test gave the evidence that he was one, and that he was planning to use the illegal blood doping.[2] Ullrich denied using drugs for a long time. In 2013, Ullrich decided to tell the truth. He admitted he used illegal substances during his career.[3]

PalmarèsEdit

1993
  Amateur World Road Race Cycling Champion
1995
  Germany National Time Trial Champion
1996
Tour de France
2nd place overall
 Winner white jersey
Winner stage 20
Regio Tour
1997
Tour de France
 Winner yellow jersey
 Winner white jersey
Winner stages 10 and 12
  Germany National Road Race Champion
Luk Cup, à Bühl
HEW Cyclassics
1998
Tour de France
2nd place overall
 Winner white jersey
Winner stages 7, 16 and 20
Rund um Berlin
Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt
1999
  World Time Trial Cycling Champion
 Winner Vuelta a España
2000
Summer Olympics Road Race Champion
Tour de France: 2nd place
Coppa Agostini
2001
  World Time Trial Cycling Champion
  Germany National Road Race Champion
Tour de France: 2nd place
Giro dell'Emilia
Versatel Classic
2003
Tour de France
2nd place
Winner stage 12
Rund um Köln (Tour of Cologne)
2004
Tour de France: 4th place
Tour de Suisse: winner
Coppa Sabatini
2005
Tour de France: 3rd place
2006
Tour de Suisse: winner


ReferencesEdit

  1. Clarke, Stuart (5 November 2015). "13 of the strangest nicknames in cycling". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  2. Puerto blood confirmed to be Ullrich's, CyclingNews, April 4, 2007
  3. "Jan Ulrich admits to blood doping". Cyclingtips. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.

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