By Monika Prell
Five-time Tour winner Miguel Indurain has declared that Jan Ullrich "was one of the greatest" according to Spanish newspaper Marca. Indurain also described Ullrich's retirement as a pity but said that the German's career was impeccable.
"He is one of the few of my era who has always been on the podium, even if he failed to win more races," continued the Spaniard. "He began very young at 21 years-old and normally the ideal performance of a cyclist lasts ten years, and he is now 34."
Indurain did not comment on the possible reasons for Ullrich's retirement but affirmed that "when you have been at the highest level, you will have to make a lot of effort to maintain that same level."