“Two years in the past, I had large issues. You come and visit me and I’m so completely satisfied that you simply come,” Ullrich advised Armstrong, who was stripped of all seven of his Tour de France titles.
“I was on the identical approach as Marco Pantani, practically useless. And then I get well and I’ve good buddies … buddies bringing me again to life and now I’m very completely satisfied.”
Pantani, winner of the Tour de France and Giro D’Italia in 1998, was additionally a fierce rival of Armstrong and Ullrich. He died of a drug overdose in 2004.
Reflecting on his latest return to the bike, Ullrich added: “God gave me this physique and God gave me this expertise after which I’m nothing or full gasoline … I practice day by day good, I drink water. I ended alcohol, medication three years in the past. I dwell very wholesome, my girlfriend’s cooking very healthily for me.
“And this altogether brings me in good condition and a good feeling … I forgot for a very long time what is sweet for me.”
He added: “I would be the outdated, new Jan, who will do every part and struggle to defeat his demons and to seek out his approach again to the sunshine with new power and joie de vivre.
“I apologize sincerely to the folks I’ve not handled with due respect within the latest previous due to my sickness.”
“Anyways, it was not a good journey. He was an important particular person in my life. Nobody scared me, motivated me. The different guys … no disrespect to them, did not get me up early. He obtained me up early. And he was simply a f*cking mess.
“When I take a look at Jan’s state of affairs and I take a look at my state of affairs, as a result of they’re very related, the timing may be very related… he had all of the issues I had. He had a spouse, kids, cash, and that wasn’t sufficient to maintain him collectively.”
In the podcast episode of The Move, launched on Sunday, Ullrich acknowledges that he began using once more 5 weeks in the past and beat Armstrong when the pair rode collectively in Mallorca.