Jan Ullrich has engaged last-minute for the GP Schwarzwald on June 4, which is perhaps the hardest German one-day race. The event located in the South-Eastern Black Forset region of Ullrich's homeland is a perfect preparation for the Tour de Suisse and the Kaiser's greatest goal, the Tour de France, after competing at the Volta a Catalunya from May 16-22.
"It's my ambition on a sports level to challenge the strongest rider in the world, the dominator Lance Armstrong," Ullrich told German tabloid Sportbild on Wednesday. "That's why I'm extra motivated this year. It's my last chance of beating him!" Ullrich is convinced he can do it, too. "I saw that in 2003, I was so close! If I wouldn't believe in my chances of winning, I wouldn't get on the saddle every day. I don't torture myself for a second placing..."