Former pro sprinter Marcel Wüst now sees Jan Ullrich as the Tour favourite, after his victory in the Giro d'Italia time trial. "If you figure his time advantage over Basso in this time trial to the time trial in the Tour de France in six weeks, then it could be two or three minutes that he wins over Basso. And this Tour is one for the time trialist," he told www.sport1.de.
He also joined the list of people asking if Ullrich had simply been bluffing this spring. "Who knows - maybe there weren't any serious knee problems. But Jan Ullrich is a good example that you don't necessarily have to ride a lot of races to get in shape. Hard training is sometimes more effective."
Wüst also doesn't see any problems for Ullrich in the upcoming Giro mountain stages. "Even if he gives up half an hour, that doesn't mean anything. You never know how intensively he is riding. But if he should manage to win a stage, he would definitely be sending a signal!"