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Jan Ullrich Daniel Friebe

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Jan Ullrich Daniel Friebe

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The first biography of one of the most controversial champions of the Tour de France, Jan Ullrich.

Jan Ullrich Zusammenfassung

Jan Ullrich: The Best There Never Was Daniel Friebe

Jan Ullrich: The Best There Never Was is the first biography of Jan Ullrich, arguably the most naturally talented cyclist of his generation, and also one of the most controversial champions of the Tour de France.

In 1997, Jan Ullrich announced himself to the world by obliterating his rivals in the first mountain stage of the Tour de France. So awesome was his display that it sent shockwaves throughout the world of cycling and invited headlines such as L'Equipe's 'The New Giant'. He went on to become Germany's first ever Tour winner, storming to victory in that edition by almost ten minutes, a result that was greeted as an era-defining changing of the guard. Everyone agreed: Jan Ullrich was the future of cycling. He was soon also voted Germany's most popular sportsperson of all time, and his rivalry with Lance Armstrong defined the most controversial years of the Tour de France.

Now, Daniel Friebe - who has covered twenty-one editions of the Tour de France - has gone in search of the man who was said in 1997 would go on to dominate his sport for a generation, but never quite managed it.

Just what did happen to the best who never was?

This is a gripping account of how unbearable expectation, mental and physical fragility, the effects of a complicated childhood, a morally corrupt sport and one individual - Lance Armstrong - can conspire to reroute destiny.

Daniel Friebe takes us from the legacy of East Germany's drugs programme to the pinnacle of pro cycling and asks: what price can you give sporting immortality?

Jan Ullrich Bewertungen

Magnificent -- Matt Dickinson, The Times
A superlative biography as well as social and sporting history * Observer *
One of the best books about cycling * The Irish Times *
One of the best cycling books there ever was. So well written and such deep research -- Edward Pickering, editor of Rouleur and author of The Ronde: inside the World's Toughest Bike Race
'Masterpiece' is arguably an over-used word, but if ever a book was deserving of such a description, this is probably it - The Washing Machine Post
A well-researched biography . . . painting a consistent picture of this all-too-human character from Rostock * Cycling Plus *
Richly researched and sympathetically written . . . extensive, thoughtful * TLS *
This biography peels back the layers of not just a legendary cyclist, but an interesting character -- Joe Laverick * Cycling Weekly *
A fascinating illustration of a richly gifted but deeply flawed character * MSN Ireland *
Terrific . . . comprehensive -- Best of 2022, Cycling Plus

Über Daniel Friebe

Daniel Friebe was born in Coventry in 1980. He is the author of Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal, Mountain High and Mountain Higher, and has collaborated with Mark Cavendish on Boy Racer, At Speed and Tour de France. Since 2016 he has been part of ITV's Tour de France presentation team. He is also one of three co-hosts of the award-winning The Cycling Podcast. Daniel currently lives in Berlin.

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Jan Ullrich: The Best There Never Was Daniel Friebe
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