Ullrich plans farewell ride

Former German cycling star Jan Ullrich, who put an end to his active career in February 2007, plans to organise a farewell ride for his fans next year. "It was planned a while ago, but the circumstances after my exclusion from the 2006 Tour de France did not allow for the cycling festival I had in mind," Ullrich told German Eurosport. Ullrich was heavily linked to the Operación Puerto case in Spain and suffered great loss of popularity in his native Germany.

One day after the announcement that the Deutschland Tour would cease to exist because of ongoing doping scandals shattering the country, the 1997 Tour de France winner said he imagined an unusual event to say his proper Goodbyes to cycling. "It won't be a normal 'man against man' race. I will think of something special," he said, adding that he would like to invite his greatest rival, Lance Armstrong, as well as five-times winner Miguel Indurain to the ride.

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