Jan Ullrich - september 2011

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    Jan Ullrich portrait

    Got a phonecall from the other side of the globe if I wanted to portray Jan Ullrich when he was visiting the (huge) bike-expo Eurobike (south-Germany) in september 2011.

    I've always been fascinated by him, so 'yes' it was. From what I knew he didn't give much photo-opportunities. I hadn't seen many (recent) pics of him in the previous years anyway...

    I also anticipated on meeting a rather shy, well-fed ex cyclist. Boy was I surprised at seeing him this fit!
    Extremely nice guy too.

    After being involved in the Fuentes-case Jan retired as a procyclist in 2007. +5 years later he is being suspended from competition for 2 years by TAS. I don't think that will change much for Jan...

    He seemed like a content guy.

    groovylab, randall fm, michael_stahl, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Tim@theFasthouse 27 months ago | reply

      Jan is the coolest. Great portrait.

    2. michael_stahl 27 months ago | reply

      Jan was always my favourite ride and will continue to be. "Der Kaiser" was always the underdog to the Lance machine and my wife and I always rooted for him during the Tour. Nice to see a great portrait of the man. Great work in your capture.

    3. brampaulussen 27 months ago | reply

      der Jan :)
      zeer mooi

    4. Alain Marcus 27 months ago | reply

      amazing!!! so much character

    5. Baena Niño 27 months ago | reply

      Great! Jan was (and is) the biggest. Jan 'The Locomotive of Rostock' Ullrich.

    6. dylanmj 27 months ago | reply

      Jan may have done wrong, however, I think that he has been very much abused by the processes of the governing bodies- almost to the polar opposite degree than what has been happening with the Contador issue. Jan seems to have been hated and Alberto loved. I am glad that he isn't down on things and still (hopefully) enjoys the sport that he has been given such gifts of ability. Very nice portrait!

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