Jan Ullrich was born December 2, 1973.
Ullrich was an all-round rider of great talent. He won two Grand Tours (one Tour de France and one Vuelta a Espana).
He also placed second five times in the Tour de France, place third once in the Tour de France, and won an Olympic Road Race title.
In 1996, at age 22, he rode his first Tour de France on the Deutche Telekom team as the lieutenant to Denmark’s Bjarne Riis.
That year, Riis won the Tour de France, stopping Miguel Indurain’s five-year winning streak. Ullrich placed second, just 1:41 behind Riis.
In 1997, Ullrich was to continue to support Riis as team leader, but it became apparent that Ullrich was the stronger rider and Riis ended up supporting Ullrich in Ullrich’s win over Richard Virenque of France and Marco Pantani of Italy.
Ullrich was second to Marco Pantani of Italy in the 1998 Tour de France.
Ullrich didn’t participate in the 1999 Tour, but won the Vuelta a Espana later that year in front of Igor Gonzalez Galdeano of Spain and Roberto Heras of Spain.