T-Mobile supporting Ullrich with age and experience

By Susan Westemeyer in Bonn Team T-Mobile has announced a mature and experienced team with which it...

By Susan Westemeyer in Bonn

Team T-Mobile has announced a mature and experienced team with which it hopes will help captain Jan Ullrich finally beat Lance Armstrong and win the Tour de France next month. "Ullrich is our clear number one," said Team Manager Walter Godefroot, clarifying a major question.

Ullrich will be supported by two former podium finishers, Andreas Klöden and Alexander Vinokourov, the latter who said, "The most important thing is that one of us wins yellow." In the mountains, Ullrich will be backed up by veteran Giuseppe Guerini and team newcomer Oscar Sevilla. Matthias Kessler, Tobias Steinhauser, Daniele Nardello and Tour-debutante Stephan Schreck complete what Director Sportif Mario Kummer calls "the best team we could bring." It is definitely not a young and inexperienced team - the riders average 30 years old and have ridden a total of 36 Tours de France.

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