I have always felt very bad for Ulrich. He was a team player and gave a Tour to Riis, when he clearly was the stronger rider, then had to play second fiddle to Lance for years. But he was always a good sport and I really admire him for that. yeah I feel bad too. Such a brutal end to a career. I remember 2006 (back when I was doing competitive racing for my college team) and bang, Puerto break open like a day before the tour was set to start and Ullrich and Basso are nixed, just like that. Shocked me. Riis doped in that Tour victory, by admission. It is not a clean sport by any means.