Jan Ullrich undertakes longest ride 'since Milan - San Remo 1997' at Mallorca Gran Fondo

The German says he has been training hard over the past year after recovering from a troubled period

Jan Ullrich
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Jan Ullrich is set for his longest bike ride since he last competed in Milan - San Remo in 1997 this weekend, the German healthy again and having trained hard for the Gran Fondo Mallorca 312, which contains 5,000 vertical metres over a course of more than 300km.

The German former pro is healthy and happy again following a dark period in his life, saying he came close to suffering the same fate as Marco Pantani, that he was "almost dead" when Lance Armstrong went to visit him in 2018.

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