In 2005 i made a lot of progression, mostly by winning the Tour of Germany. It was a very important experience for me
and the team. I was very unhappy with my sixth place at the overall of the Tour de France, after it i went home for a week
and came back to win the Tour of Germany.
This year i want to be on the podium in Paris, but a surprise is possible. But when
Jan Ullrich is 100% fit he will win the Tour de France.
The Tour de France will be very hard this year. It will be an open race... You have
the keep your eyes and ears open. I don't think that any team will be able to control the race. You are always thinking shall
i go with this attack, shall i start an attack...???
Lance Armstrong said that the French hate Americans, how do you think about that?
I don't think that the French hate Americans, i never made that experience. I think
the Tour (Tour de France, Cyclingheroes) is mad because Lance got bigger as them. For seven years he grew and grew, in the
USA he is bigger as the Tour. And they are a bit insecure about what will happen now. The Tour also doesn't want to be a part
of the Protour because they are afraid it could get bigger, but the Tour will always be the Tour.
Thanks for the interview and we wish you good luck for the