Jan Ullrich Retires

The New York Times and other major media have stories on Jan Ullrich’s retirement from cycling today.

Ullrich is one of the great riders of cycling’s current era. He was frequently a threat to Lance Armstrong in many of Armstrong’s Tour de France victories. Ullrich won the TDF in 1997 and finished second five times to Armstrong.

Jan Ullrich

Ullrich’s other major victories were a Gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Road Race, a Silver medal in the 2000 Olympic Time Trial, a victory at the 1997 Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain), two wins of the Tour de Suisse (Tour of Switzerland) and two (1999, 2001) UCI World Time Trial Championships.

I’m sure the sloppy sample collection and the inconsistent scientific testing procedures done in the name of “fairness” by the World Anti-Doping Agency and their regional organizations in professional cycling have had an affect on Ullrich’s decision.

Having unproven accusations of doping have negatively affected the careers of many other athletes in cycling (and other sports), e.g. Floyd Landis, the current 2006 Tour de France title holder.

(Photo courtesy www.janullrich.de)

The Amgen Tour of California

Amgen Tour of California
Amgen Tour of California
It Was Over in About 20 Seconds…that’s about how long it took the peloton to ride past us today. Fortunately, they went by us twice, since we were watching during the neutral race start (the no racing part of the race).

I didn’t get any good pitures anyway, not knowing how to use the !@%# camera. Should read the manual or maybe get Joe’s DVD. Overall leader, Stage 3 Time Trial winner, ninth place 2005 Tour day Francer and Phonak rider Floyd Landis (11) powers up David Avenue past the Monterey Aquarium.