D-Tour: 'Jan-Watch' day 6

Jan Ullrich gave all he had on what was realistically his final chance to take the overall title at

Jan Ullrich gave all he had on what was realistically his final chance to take the overall title at
Today was the day he had to make his move if he wanted to win the Tour of Germany, but instead Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) lost 37 seconds to race leader Patrik Sinkewitz (Quick Step), and is now 59 seconds behind overall going in to Sunday's final stage. On the final climb to the ski resort of Fichtelbergplateau, Ullrich pulled himself back up to the front group having lost contact on the lower slopes, but when stage winner Francisco Mancebo (Illes Balears) put the hammer down, the 1997 Tour de France winner was unable to react. Instead, just like on Wednesday's tough stage to the Saint Anton ski resort in the Tirol region of Austria, it was up to Ullrich's team-mate Andreas Kloden to take on the responsibility of representing their German sponsor, who are also one of the major sponsors of the D-Tour. With only Sunday's flat 173km-long stage to score that elusive win, all eyes will now be on T-Mobile sprinter Erik Zabel. While Ullrich will slip away as quietly as possible, his team is still insisting that everything is fine in his build up to the Tour de France. But Ullrich, despite looking lean, still lacks that jump that he needs if he is going to be able to react to the attacks which will come from Lance Armstrong, Iban Mayo et al in July. He has given himself a bit of breathing space, though; the German media's eyes have turned to Sinkewitz, and whether Quick Step boss Patrick Lefevere will grant the 23-year-old German a place in the Tour de France team. Before that, Sinkewitz, like Ullrich, will ride the Tour of Switzerland between June 12-20. On current form, the German media spotlight will continue to shine on the younger man in the Swiss Alps.
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