|Born||December 2, 1973|
|Birthplace||Rostock, East Germany|
|Team(s)||Telekom/T-Mobile Team, Team Coast, Team Bianchi, Tinkoff Credit Systems|
|Main Achievements||1997 Tour de France champion, 2000 Olympic road race champion, 1999 and 2001 Tour de Suisse champion, 1999 Vuelta a España champion, 2003 World Time Trial champion, 2nd place in Tour de France (5 times)|
Jan Ullrich was a German professional road bicycle racer who was born in Rostock, East Germany, on December 2, 1973. As well as his achievements in the Tour de France, he was renowned for his outstanding climbing and time-trialling skills.
Ullrich began his professional cycling career with Team Telekom in 1995 and rapidly garnered recognition for his talent. He finished second in his first Tour de France in 1996, and he won the following year. He also won the 1999 Vuelta a Espaa, the 1999 and 2001 Tour de Switzerland, and the 2000 Olympic road race. Ullrich was a Tour de France contender for many years, placing second five times (1996, 1998, 2000, and 2001) and third twice (2000). (2002 and 2004).
Nonetheless, Ullrich’s career was not without controversy. In 2006, he was involved in the Operation Puerto doping controversy, and while denying any misconduct, he received a two-year ban from professional cycling. Ullrich withdrew from cycling in 2007 following a 13-year career.
Ullrich is still regarded as one of the finest German riders of all time, despite the controversy surrounding him. His ability in climbs and time trials, as well as his victory in the Tour de France, made him a sports icon.
Jan Ullrich’s most notable accomplishments:
|1997||Tour de France champion|
|1999||Vuelta a España champion|
|1999, 2001||Tour de Suisse champion|
|2000||Olympic road race champion|
|2003||World Time Trial champion|
|1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003||2nd place in Tour de France|