Fans fed up with Armstrong rival's alibis

One-time Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich has tried the patience of his once stout German following, fed up with his repeated failure to beat Lance Armstrong.

Updated: July 22, 2005, 10:11 AM ET

Lashed by criticism at home for failing to fulfill his annual promise to beat Lance Armstrong, Jan Ullrich has become a love-hate object for millions of Germans taking in the Tour de France in daily television doses.

Anything less than the yellow jersey is not good enough for the German media and many cycling fans have been mocking Ullrich's remarks after each stage as tired excuses.

"In Germany there's always criticism if you don't win," Ullrich, in fourth place, told Die Welt ...

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