T-Mobile's Jan Ullrich has fully recovered from his recent bout of 'flu in the beginning of February and will start his racing season at the Grand Prix de la Sarthe on April 5, 2005. The German Tour winner will leave his home in Switzerland for a training camp in Tuscany, Italy, on Friday. His personal trainer Rudy Pevenage told German Sport1, "Jan is training four to five hours a day, about 160 km." Ullrich is reportedly following a training plan consisting of 75 percent endurance and 25 percent speed work. "Slowly but steadily, that ratio will be turned around," Pevenage explained further. "Until it will be 75 percent speed, and 25 percent endurance training."
Ullrich will not be participating at any Spring classics, although his form is building up at the right time. "Jan's fighting weight is good," Pevenage continued. "He's in much better shape than last year at the same time. At this point in time, a few excessive pounds don't do any harm." Ullrich's teammates Tobias Steinhauser and Giuseppe Guerini will join him at the training camp in Italy.