Ullrich hints at retirement

Jan Ullrich has given himself at the most another two years in cycling, according to an interview with German TV station ZDF on Sunday. "Maybe I can ride for another one or two years if I am still motivated," said 32 year-old Ullrich.

Ullrich is aiming to win the Tour de France for a second time this year, following the retirement of his superior rival Lance Armstrong. "Anything other than a victory will be a huge disappointment," he said. In addition to his 1997 victory, Ullrich has five second places in the Tour, one third, and one fourth: his lowest ever placing in all his starts.

His main challenger this year will be Ivan Basso, who wiped the floor with the opposition to win the Giro d'Italia recently. Ullrich also rode the Giro as training, winning the flat time trial but not really showing himself in the mountains. He pulled out in the third last stage suffering from a sore back that flared up as a result of a knee injury. He will ride the Tour de Suisse as his final preparation race before the Tour de France.

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