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Jan Ullrich
Ullrich at the 2006 Giro d'Italia
Personal information
Full name Jan Ullrich
Nickname Ulle, Der Kaiser, Der Jan, Der Junge
Born 2 December 1973 (1973-12-02) (age 46)
Rostock, Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Amateur team(s)
SG Dynamo Rostock
SC Dynamo Berlin
SC Berlin
RG Hamburg
Professional team(s)
Team Telekom
Team Coast
Team Bianchi
T-Mobile Team

Jan Ullrich(born 2 December 1973) is a German former professional road bicycle racer. Ullrich won gold and silver medals in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He won the 1999 Vuelta a España and the HEW Cyclassics in front of a home crowd in Hamburg in 1997. He had podium finishes in the hilly classic Clásica de San Sebastián. His victorious ride in the 1997 Tour de France led to a bicycle boom in Germany. He retired in February 2007.


Ullrich in Jena
Jan Ullrich in the Jens Heppner Farewell Race in Jena, Germany

Ullrich won his first bicycle race at the age of nine. He was educated in the sports training system of the German Democratic Republic attending the KJS sports school in Berlin in 1986. In 1988, he was champion of the German Democratic Republic. The school closed two years after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. He, his trainer Peter Sager, and teammates joined an amateur club in Hamburg until 1994. In 1991, he was 5th in the amateur cyclo-cross world championships. In 1993, aged 19, at the Hamburg club, Ullrich won the Cycling World Amateur Road Championship in Oslo, as Lance Armstrong won the professional championship.

Tour de France

Jan Ullrich, Tour de France 2003
Jan Ullrich, Tour de France 2003

Ullrich gave up a place in the 1996 German Olympic team to ride his first Tour. Jan Ullrich first rode the Tour de France in 1996. There he won a stage and became overall second, after his team mate Bjarne Riis. Some experts say, Jan Ullrich could have won the Tour the France that year, but he did not because he helped his team-mate over the Tour.

In 1997 Jan Ullrich won the Tour the France, when he was 23 years old (fourth youngest winner of the Tour since 1947). During this year he won the Tour de Suisse, German-Tour and HEW-Cyclassics. At the end of the year, he was elected as the "sports person of the year" in Germany.

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