By VeloNews Interactive wire services , Copyright AFP2002
Jan Ullrich said Saturday he is close to signing a deal with the Danish CSC team.
Ullrich wrote on his website that he was certain he would be well taken care of in the team managed by his former Telekom team-mate Bjarne Riis.
“We’re both on the same wave length,” said Ullrich, the only German to win the Tour de France when he triumphed in 1997.
The two rode together when Riis won the Tour de France in 1996 with Ullrich serving as his most dependable lieutenant.
“The idea of bringing my experience to a young team also appeals to me. An important new challenge for me. I’m delighted,” said the 28-year-old Ullrich. “In the coming two to three years, I would like to win the races which I still haven’t won.”
Ullrich, a four-time Tour de France runner-up, is still suspended from the sport until March 23, 2003, after testing positive for amphetamines. He admitted taking Ecstasy on a night out with friends while recovering after surgery on a knee.