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Ullrich not happy with Godefroot comments

T-Mobile’s Jan Ullrich said he has to speak with his team manager about comments questioning his commitment. T-Mobile manager Walter Godefroot had criticized Ullrich, saying the 1997 Tour de France winner "cycled to live", while six-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong "lives for cycling" after the German failed to gain a top-two finish at the Tour for the first time in his career. "I cannot let that go," Ullrich said late on Monday on a television talk show. "You should ask the people who I work with and not someone like Walter Godefroot who I speak to on the telephone twice a year

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By Reuters

T-Mobile’s Jan Ullrich said he has to speak with his team manager about comments questioning his commitment.

T-Mobile manager Walter Godefroot had criticized Ullrich, saying the 1997 Tour de France winner “cycled to live”, while six-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong “lives for cycling” after the German failed to gain a top-two finish at the Tour for the first time in his career.

“I cannot let that go,” Ullrich said late on Monday on a television talk show. “You should ask the people who I work with and not someone like Walter Godefroot who I speak to on the telephone twice a year — if at all.”

Ullrich said he was extremely angry about Godefroot’s comments but would try to talk to him at the HEW Cyclassics event in Hamburg next week.

“I will clear up what he said. If he says it to my face I will take the appropriate steps,” Ullrich said, without specifying what those might be.