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Not Surprising, but JAN ULRICH retires

Old 02-26-07, 05:31 AM
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Not Surprising, but JAN ULRICH retires

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?...b07/feb26news2
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Old 02-26-07, 06:25 AM
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If he really IS innocent, it's a shame that he was finally driven away by the doping allegations, but it does seem strange to me that Basso is back on the bike and he's retired.

But who knows--it would seem that he lost his focus long before Puerto.
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Old 02-26-07, 06:45 AM
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Very sad news..he's a great cyclist , dope or not.
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Old 02-26-07, 06:51 AM
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That sucks. He was a very interesting guy to follow. So many "what ifs," but that's what made him so fascinating.
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Old 02-26-07, 06:58 AM
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I'm reminded of the last entry in the famous myspace blog when the Puerto news broke... This guy summed up The Jan pretty well:

Originally Posted by myspace
This may be the last blog for a while.

It's hard to sum up the disappointment that comes with an announcement like this.

I love Jan Ullrich. I love him for his class. I love him for all the sh*t he eats from the press. I love him because he couldn't beat the arrogant Texan with a baseball bat, but Jesus did he try. I also love him for his near-genius ability to f*ck things up no matter how much natural talent God gave him, and always seemingly at the last moment.

But I hate this, and regardless of what comes out of this, Jan definitely had contact with that sleazy doctor, and Jan definitely lied about it. Innocent until proven guilty, but if you're T-Mobile, and staring at a very likely Tour de France victory, everything you've dumped hundreds of millions of dollars into for the last five years, you don't pull Jan out of the Tour unless you've seen some pretty hard evidence. And then for CSC to pull Basso AFTER Jan is already gone? Ivan Basso was nearly guaranteed a free ride to the Yellow Jersey with Jan gone, so don't tell me CSC didn't see something scary.

This is a disappointment on many levels for me, but it's a slap in the face to everyone who loves the sport, to every CAT racer out there grinding it out in Nowhereland for a place on a rickety plywood podium, and everyone who just gets out and rides.

If I'm going to cheer for anyone, I'm going to cheer for David Millar, who has been brutally honest about what he did, and is now trying to ride the Grand Boucle without anything in his bloodstream, unlike God-knows-how-many other riders in the peloton.

Thanks for reading, let's hope Jan and Ivan get themselves straightened out, and lets hope for the best Tour de France in 20 years.

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Old 02-26-07, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by DrPete
I'm reminded of the last entry in the famous myspace blog when the Puerto news broke... This guy summed up The Jan pretty well:
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Old 02-26-07, 07:58 AM
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Cypress and Jakey may be on suicide watch. I think it's now time for Cypress to admit that he is "Der Jan".

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Old 02-26-07, 08:03 AM
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What a sad end to such a great career.
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" I have never cheated" Read, I never did anything that gave me an unfair competitive advantage over all of the other riders.
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Old 02-26-07, 09:15 AM
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My favorite racer ever. The only guy in the world who could start the spring season off looking like he rides for Hickory Farms, then snag 2nd in the Tour.

So. Much. Talent. Ugh!

Sad news, but expected.
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Old 02-26-07, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
" I have never cheated" Read, I never did anything that gave me an unfair competitive advantage over all of the other riders.
Merlin I never thought you cheated
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Old 02-26-07, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
Merlin I never thought you cheated

MY secret is being really slow, throws off all suspicion.
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Old 02-26-07, 10:41 AM
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I'm actually kinda sad.
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I will miss the Jan. What great theater, and what a racer. Goodbye Jan.
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Definite sadness here. I was hoping to see him face off against Basso and Valverde and show them the Der Kaiser smackdown
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What a horrible end to Der Kaiser's career as a professional cyclist. I'll certainly miss him.

I just hope he doesn't get all depressed and do something silly like jump off a roof.
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Come on now. If he ever climbed up on a roof he'd fall right through it before he got the chance to jump off.
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Come on now. If he ever climbed up on a roof he'd fall right through it before he got the chance to jump off.
Hahahaha. I guess that would be a relatively fair point.
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What a horrible end to Der Kaiser's career as a professional cyclist. I'll certainly miss him.

I just hope he doesn't get all depressed and do something silly like jump off a roof.

Actually, he'd probably crash his porche into the roof.
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i had a dream a couple of months ago about jan...he said he'd be retiring. I kind of had that feeling...

i think the whole scandal is basically like Guantanamo bay--- all these guys get screwed without any real evidence, just suspicion or conjecture.
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I'm so going to miss the myspace blog...

Another favorite, for the sake of reminiscing.

Originally Posted by kaiser Jan
Ja, the Mob is reforming like the Voltron.

Klodi is finally being back from his injury. The Jan is wanting to take this time now to do some apologizing to his bro, Klodi. The Jan did not mean to be hurting you so badly, bro, but when the Jan is putting on his patented double-thigh scissor-lock, he is not being doing it half-ass. Sometimes the Jan can be kind of a dick, he knows, but the Klodi is like the little brother that the Jan never had. I mean, when you are doing the knee-capping of little Klodi with a rusty tire-iron, he is doing the funniest crying-screeching sound. He is sounding just like some crazy, sobbing monkey. It is being soooo hilarious. And the Jan is always remembering the time he kicked in the door on the T-Mobile bus bathroom when Klodi was in there doing number zwie, and the Jan beat him half to death with a sack of water bottles. Oh, we laughed and laughed. Well, ok, maybe just the Jan laughed, because Klodi was being half into a coma at that point, but the Jan knows that if Klodi had been conscious, he would have screech/cried at the obvious funniness of the situation.

As for the earring, though, the Jan is not sorry for ripping that thing out of Klodi's ear. That thing just looked ********.

It is being kind of strange, everyone getting back together, cowering in fear, huddling in the back of the bus in terror of one of the Jan's legendary rages, but something's missing. The Vino isn't here.

The Jan had high hopes for little Vino. It is being true. He was being like a little mini-Jan. Everyone knows the unholy might that is the Jan, they know that the Jan strides this trembling earth like some dark colussus, dealing death and pain with every turn of his massive gear. But the Vino is being pretty evil too. He not only is looking like a punk kid who would toilet-paper your grandmother's house and then push her down and steal her purse when she came outside, but he is actually being kind of an a$$hole, too. When the Jan dropped a bar of soap inside a sock and then used it to beat the holy living hell out of Klodi, it was always Vino who would be holding him down. Vino is not on the level of the Jan, of course, but still, he is about 10 pounds of evil in a 5 pound bag, and the Jan will be missing him.

The Mighty Uniballed One, the Lance, is now telling people that he thinks Jan is going to be winning the Tour this year. To which the Jan is being saying, Ja, no *****, dumbass.

Ivan Basso, Valverde, Floyd Landis, it doesn't matter. No one can drop the hammers on the climbs AND the time trials like the Jan. It is being like the Highlander. Or like Lance's nuts.
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Originally Posted by eippo1
Actually, he'd probably crash his porche into the roof.
What the hell is a porche?
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Originally Posted by DrPete
I'm so going to miss the myspace blog...

Another favorite, for the sake of reminiscing.
I'm going out on a very short limb here and saying the 'Der Jan' was/is Cypress. It's time to come clean Cypress and fess up.
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
I'm going out on a very short limb here and saying the 'Der Jan' was/is Cypress. It's time to come clean Cypress and fess up.

I fess to nothing.
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Originally Posted by Cypress
I fess to nothing.
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