|Originally posted by silly
But I think Jan will get through that cause in the past it's allways been like this for him. I mean it's not new. And if he really wants to win I think that feeling will be stronger than the pressure of the media. And like I said before, he has a verry strong team who can help him winning. But I think he's got a big chance of winning the Tour.........
And if I may ask: who's your favourite of next year?
He sure has a chance to win. But I think Lance Armstrong will get that No. 6 after all. He sounds really motivated, trains harder than anybody else, has a lot of experience and a very experienced team, and he is the better tactician.
In the past, Ullrich never really liked the role of a captain, he always said he was happiest riding as a lieutenant for Bjarne Riis. During all the trouble he was in in 2002 there was a big discussion here in Germany whether Ullrich, highly talented, no doubt, simply did not have the guts to win (I know, he won in 1997 but he was in deep trouble there as well, nearly blew it). The general public here, not the least the sponsor, expects him to win, and in the past he never dealt with all these expectations well. He might have changed of course.
As for the team, I agree he will have a very strong team, but keep in mind that both Savoldelli and Evans do not have any Tour experience. And the likely line-up for the Tour has never ridden a Tour together, as a team. Quite in contrast to US Postal.