"Jan Ullrich is unbelievably motivated and incredibly diligent," in his training, says incoming T-Mobile directeur sportif Rudy Pevenage. For the last ten days Pevenage has supervised an unofficial training camp in South Africa which included Ullrich, Andreas Klöden and Matthias Kessler. "The guys completed a great program, with 800 to 850 training kilometres per week," he said. Ullrich will have his "ideal weight" when he returns to Europe on Friday, according to the Belgian.
"Naturally it's still a long time until the Tour, but we want to duplicate his preparations of 2003 as much as possible," said Pevenage. That was the year when Pevenage was Ullrich's director at Team Coast, and Ullrich came closest to beating Lance Armstrong, finishing just 1.01 behind the American.