Armstrong tips Ullrich to win 2006 Tour de France

19th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

BERLIN, Jan 19 (AFP) - American Lance Armstrong, the winner of the last seven Tour de France races, said he believed Jan Ullrich would win the 2006 race, a German internet site reported on Thursday.

BERLIN, Jan 19 (AFP) - American Lance Armstrong, the winner of the last seven Tour de France races, said he believed Jan Ullrich would win the 2006 race, a German internet site reported on Thursday.

Armstrong, who retired after his last victory in July, said that German Ullrich, the 1997 winner and five-time runner-up, was the rider he feared the most.

"I predict that he (Jan Ullrich) will win the 2006 Tour with a four, or even five minutes gap," Armstrong told www.bild.de. "All our plans and tactics were planned with one aim: to put Ullrich in difficulty."

Armstrong also repeated he did not intend to come out of retirement and compete in the Tour de France again, but that did not mean he did not want anything to do with it.

"It's a fantastic race that I will always watch," said the American who at one point said he might race after French sports newspaper L'Equipe reported last August that he had failed a doping test for blood-booster EPO during his first tour win in 1999.

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