Why should Ullrich ride with 43% HCT when it's possible to have 49? Ullrich was at his best when he TTed better than Armstrong ( which he should have done in every Tour) - 2003 and 96-98 he was supreme in that category...in 2003 crushing Armstrong and in 96-98 crushing everybody by minutes.Bavarianrider said:Ullrich's best year was neither 97 or 2003. It was CLEARLY 2001. Yet he was climbing a lot slower than in those two years. But that's the difference between 43% and 49%.
Ullrich's 2001 Tour might actually be one the greatest cycling performance ever. Sadly 99,99% of people will never understand that.
You knew immediately that he wasn't at his best when he failed to gain more than 2 minutes on the likes of Beloki in a 50 km TT. But again - why should he stick to 43 HCT in 2001? I never heard of that.
EPO of second generation just came into the scene in 2000/2001 ( Aranesp etc)