Lance Armstrong unhappy at Tour de France’s Jan Ullrich 'snub' for Grand Départ

1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich will not be among the former pro riders and dignitaries present in his home nation of Germany for this year's race start

Lance Armstrong has publicly aired his grievance at Tour de France organiser ASO, after it reportedly did not invite former German pro and 1997 Tour winner Jan Ullrich to this year's Grand Départ in Düsseldorf.

Commenting on the list of riders who will be making an appearance at the opening day of the 2017 Tour, Armstrong wrote on Twitter: "Rolling out the red carpet for the likes of [Laurent] Jalabert, [Richard] Virenque, [Bernard] Hinault (and many others) yet not inviting Jan? Pfft. F*** ASO!"

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