Ullrich wants to ride the Giro

"This year I would like to start with my training earlier and I would like to ride the Giro d'Italia...

"This year I would like to start with my training earlier and I would like to ride the Giro d'Italia as preparation," to winning the Tour de France, T-Mobile's Jan Ullrich said in an interview with the Austrian newspaper Kurier.

"I have the reputation of training less than the others," said Ullrich. "But that's not so. I want to increase the quality of my training, an increased quantity is not really possible."

Ullrich, who is a favourite for this year's Tour de France after the retirement of his long-time nemesis Lance Armstrong, said He would not plan to ride to win the Giro. "I wouldn't trust myself to ride to win two Grand Tours in one year. My goal is quite plainly the Tour de France. I have put my entire focus on winning it next summer."

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

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