- Dec 7, 2010
Ullrich vs the Peloton 2006 TdF.will10 said:Basso vs. Ullrich, TdF 2006
Jan went on to comfortably win at the Tour of Suisse, and we were all set for a mighty battle between the seemingly unbeatable climber Basso and an Ullrich that we hadn't seen in such great shape in years. Could've been one of the best Tours if it wasn't for Puerto.
I remember when Jan said to reporters, "I'm going home in the best shape of my life."
The entire T-Mobile team was primed for that Tour, and Jan was the undisputed leader going in. After having to reorganize themselves, they still managed to put Klodi on the podium, and took 1st and 2nd in the final iTT with Serguei Gonchar and Klöden respectively. Ullrich would've been unstoppable.
I don't have to look too far back for the most stinging disappointment (only because it's still so fresh): 2011 TdF
We missed out on seeing Evans vs Wiggins vs Vino vs Samu vs Contador vs Horner/ Klöden/Levi/Jani if had fate turned a different hand. I mention the last four together because that particular internal battle would've provided some nice entertainment all its own.