According to his former sports director Rudy Pevenage, Jan Ulrich should be back in the limelight.
“I hope Jane will show herself more in public in the next few months. In the end she didn’t do anything. Belgium, Holland, Italy, Spain – everybody wants to see Jan Ulrich,” the Belgian said. German Press Agency.
25 years ago, Ulrich was the only German to win the Tour de France and there was a boom in cycling in Germany. In 2006, the Rostock native’s career came to an abrupt end when her affair with doping doctor Eufemiano Fuentes became public. For this he was later banned by the International Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS. After that, Ullrich also made many negative headlines privately.
Pevenez said the “most beautiful moments in my life as a sports director” were by Ulrich’s side. “There were ups and downs. We had a lot of fun,” the 68-year-old said. The tour victory in 1997 was amazing. “You come back to a different life. He was in demand everywhere. It changed Jan’s life. The peace is gone. It was incredible.”
According to Pevenage, Ulrich should have won the Tour at least three times, most notably in 1998 and 2003. The German cycling star had always lost against Armstrong. “I think Jan was stronger than Armstrong in terms of his playing ability,” Pevenez says. “Well, Armstrong had a different character, too. He focused on cycling for a full twelve months.”
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