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Ullrich training, Jaksche hopeful

Jan Ullrich and Jörg Jaksche on the 2006 Tour de Suisse podium

Jan Ullrich and Jörg Jaksche on the 2006 Tour de Suisse podium (Image credit: AFP)

By Susan Westemeyer

Jan Ullrich is getting rid of his frustrations the best possible way for a professional cyclist: on his bike. "My goal now is to ride out all of my built-up frustrations on the bike. When I do that, then I have a heck of a lot of energy," he told Bild newspaper, which on Saturday published photos of the 1997 Tour de France winner training outside of his home in Scherzingen, Switzerland. "I'm riding up to three hours every day, and also go to the weights room and the altitude chamber."

Ullrich, who is still without a professional license and team contract for next season, told German sports press agency sid, "I don't even think about giving up without a fight."

Meanwhile, his countryman Jörg Jaksche, who lives in Austria, is hopeful of making a comeback, too. Jaksche's attorney, Michael Lehner, told the sid, "I have received signals from the Austrian federation that they won't open proceedings" against the former Liberty Seguros rider. Both Ullrich and Jaksche were named in the Operation Puerto doping scandal, and have not competed since June 2006.

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