Originally Posted by Bavarianrider
It was a hunger knock, Ulle said it himself.
Ah, now I'm convinced.
In my eyes that's all pure speculation. A lot of those "hunger knocks" are as likely cheap excuses for clinic stuff - or bad preparation (in a non-medical sense). But of course riders/d.s. will always claim that it was a "hunger knock".
Ullrich's "hunger knocks" have always had psychic components.
Also simply being isolated doesn't result in "hunger knocks".
And Xorret de Cati is just a terribly hard climb. Fabio Roscioli in 1999 sucked even worse than Taaramae and nearly rode backwards. That was some of the strangest things I've ever seen in cycling.