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Jan’s Journal: Live to fight another day

Hello,Sorry for the delay. It's been a busy few days here. By now, you know that Tuesday did change things in this Tour, but Wednesday showed that we haven't given up, though. Tuesday morning started out pretty well. The team was motivated and ready to go. As a team we were motivated and ready to attack the yellow jersey. I was not feeling any serious effects from that crash last Sunday. As expected, I had a tiny bit of pain when breathing deeply, but I didn't feel particularly weakened by it, either. I really felt I was holding my own on the climb to Courchevel when Lance went

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By Jan Ullrich, T-Mobile professional cycling team

Hello,
Sorry for the delay. It’s been a busy few days here. By now, you know that Tuesday did change things in this Tour, but Wednesday showed that we haven’t given up, though.

Tuesday morning started out pretty well. The team was motivated and ready to go. As a team we were motivated and ready to attack the yellow jersey. I was not feeling any serious effects from that crash last Sunday. As expected, I had a tiny bit of pain when breathing deeply, but I didn’t feel particularly weakened by it, either. I really felt I was holding my own on the climb to Courchevel when Lance went up to Popovych and had him stand on the pedals and accelerate.

Right then, I was in trouble and could feel the lactic acid build up. After that, I had a tough time breathing and have to wonder how much of a handicap my injuries actually were. I just don’t know. What I do know is that I tried as hard as I could and rode absolutely to my limit for the rest of the climb. I have “Klödi” to thank for doing as well as I did. He held back and then rode – without concern for himself – and paced me all the way to the finish. He’s a team rider, for sure.

I am naturally disappointed with the result, but there more days ahead and I am not going to give up.

Wednesday showed how much of a change a rider can go through in a single day. My hat is off to Vino’ for a spectacular ride to Briançon. After a day of suffering on the climb to Courchevel, Vino’ showed how impressive he can be.

We decided to attack early and when Vino’ went it was a good thing for the whole team. The victory was naturally important for us all, especially after Tuesday when Lance and his crew just blew the day apart.

After the stage Vino’ and all of us were swarmed by journalists. I think I finished doing pre-arranged interviews around 9:00 in the evening. To be honest, it’s not such fun, but it’s something we agreed to do and it’s part of the job, no?

The most common question, it seemed, was whether we were ready to give up. I gave the same answer: “No!”

Sure, our chances have been diminished and Lance is on track for another win, but the Tour ends in Paris and until we get to Paris I am not ready to declare this race to be over.

The Pyrénées are ahead and our team is defiant. I think Wednesday proved that. Our team is motivated and four and while four minutes is a lot of time, a lot can happen in a three-week bike race. We’re not giving up.

Wish us luck,
Jan