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Ullrich to skip Murcia

By Susan Westemeyer

As had been expected, T-Mobile Team announced today that Jan Ullrich would skip the Tour of Murcia the beginning of March, and instead would start his season an entire month later, in the Circuit de la Sarthe. Ullrich had been training in Lucca in Tuscany, but a bad cold cost him a week's training, and snow sent him home early. He is currently at home in Scherzingen, Switzerland, but will return to Tuscany on Sunday for another three weeks of training, accompanied by his personal advisor Rudy Pevenage.

TMO team doctor Lothar Heinrich said, "Right now it doesn't make much sense for Jan to ride such an intensive race as Murcia. The aim right now is the intensive build up of his ground conditioning - that is the basis of a successful season."

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