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Ullrich travels to U.S.

German cyclist Jan Ullrich announced on his personal website on Saturday that he and his wife Sara will be travelling to the United States for a three-day trip. The 1997 Tour de France winner will attend "several official meetings", and is happy to be able to celebrate his 33rd birthday during his stay.

"The number 33 has always been my lucky number," Ullrich wrote. "That's why I'm very much looking forward to this day. I'm confident that I will realise my plans for next year."

The former T-Mobile rider, still without a contract for 2007 because of his alleged implication in Spanish Operación Puerto, has already been training in Austria and Italy. After returning from the States, he plans to engage "in the next phase of the season's preparation."

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