Jan "ready for the Worlds"

After victories in 1999 and 2001, Jan Ullrich is targeting a third world title next month, as team-m

After victories in 1999 and 2001, Jan Ullrich is targeting a third world title next month, as team-m
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Jan Ullrich is still hoping to salvage a major victory from this season, with his sights now set on the world championships in Verona after missing out on the Tour de France and Olympic titles. "I am ready for the Worlds. My performances in recent races in Italy have shown me that I am in good form. That, for me, was the decisive factor," said Ullrich, explaining his decision to compete in Verona. The German won the world time trial championship and finished seventh in the road race in the same city back in 1999. Ullrich will take part in both events once again. "I feel strong and want to give it my best shot. After that I will take a holiday," he said. Ullrich will also be buoyed by the news that team-mate Andreas Kloeden has agreed a new deal with T-Mobile after issuing a 'come and get me' plea to a number of teams last week. Kloeden was heavily linked with possible moves to Illes Balears and Liberty Seguros, although it always seemed that the Tour de France runner-up's aim was to secure a new deal with his current team. That deal was agreed with T-Mobile team manager Walter Godefroot on Monday night. "I am very happy that we could finalise this deal and, above all, that I can continue to ride for the T-Mobile team," said Kloeden. "This contract extension gives me plenty of motivation for next season. Together with Jan and Vino (Alexandre Vinokourov) we will make an all-out assault on the Tour." T-Mobile spokesman Olaf Ludwig described the Kloeden deal as part of the team's move to "set out our stall for the future." This footballing clich translates into strengthening the team for next year's Tour, with climber Oscar Sevilla and sprinter Olaf Pollack set to join the intense battle for Tour places at T-Mobile.
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