Ullrich to prep for Tour de France in Switzerland

Updated: June 9, 2006, 10:44 AM ET

GENEVA, Switzerland -- Germany's Jan Ullrich will use the Tour of Switzerland starting in Baden on Saturday as a dress rehearsal for the Tour de France.

While many Tour favorites opted for this week's Dauphine Libere race in the French Alps, Ullrich has chosen the Tour of Switzerland because it offers nine days racing and ends closer to the July 1 start of the Tour de France.

"I have enjoyed success in this race in the past and feel very much at ease there," the 32-year-old T-Mobile team captain ...

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