Ullrich and team-mates flee the snow

By Susan Westemeyer Winter arrived in Germany this weekend, bringing with it lots of snow and cold...

By Susan Westemeyer

Winter arrived in Germany this weekend, bringing with it lots of snow and cold and even electricity blackouts. What's a poor pro cyclist to do? Fortunately German cycling's biggest name and eight of his team-mates are scheduled to climb on an airplane today and fly to South Africa for a private training camp. Jan Ullrich and team-mates Eric Baumann, Bas Giling, Mattias Kessler, Andre Korff, Andreas Klöden, Patrik Sinkewitz, Steffen Wesemann and Thomas Ziegler are off to the sun for three weeks, according to the team. Danilo Hondo, currently waiting to hear the results of his appeal of doping conviction, has said that he will also join the group. Why are they going so far to train? Here are today's weather forecasts: Berlin, 1°, snow, and Johannesburg, 20° and cloudy. That's not a real hard choice!

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