Ullrich unafraid of Catalunya

For the first time this year, 1997 Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich will test himself in a ProTour event, commencing this coming Monday at the Volta a Catalunya.

Once again, the 31 year-old has started off the season gradually, riding in low-key races like the Circuit de la Sarthe and Tour of Aragon in April, where he finished 10th and 8th overall respectively. However, with the Tour de France less than two months away, along with his ambitions to win the race, the German has decided to step up a gear, with the difficult, week-long stage race in Spain to be his first real test of how he's progressing.

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