T-Mobile's Jan Ullrich also still dreams of winning the Tour de France again, even if he can no longer beat arch rival Lance Armstrong. In an interview in Die Zeit magazine, he said, "The dream of winning doesn't spur me on only in the moment in which I must dig down deep to overcome myself. It carries me through the whole year, it constantly forces me to overcome my own limits. Every race from November on is concentrated on this single goal."
Ullrich also added, "I want to live my own life, to be myself." He admitted to having made mistakes in the past, such as the episode of the Ecstasy pills in the Munich disco in 2002. "The most difficult part of this for me was the loss of my privacy," he said, while admitting he enjoys the public acceptance and fame. "But in order to feel good, I don't have to be in the public eye. On the contrary! One of the reasons I moved to a small town in Switzerland is the quiet and seclusion I find there, and which I need in order to charge myself up again."
Ullrich lamented the "extremely painful dissolution of our small family," noting that "At the moment it seems that the Tour dream and the dream of an intact family can't be realized simultaneously. All my efforts go into my sport, the other dream will have to wait. One day I will realize that I can no longer compete for the victory, and then I will have the time to devote myself to the other dream."
Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer