“Two years ago, I ran into a big problem. You came to see me, and I’m glad you can come,” Ulrich told Armstrong, who was deprived of all seven titles in the Tour de France.
“I was almost dead like Marco Pantani. Then I recovered and I had good friends… the friends brought me back to life, and now I am very happy.”
Pantani was the champion of the 1998 Tour de France and the Tour de France and the best rivals of Armstrong and Ulrich. He died of a drug overdose in 2004.
Looking back on his recent return to the bicycle, Ulrich added: “God gave me this body, God gave me this talent, and then I have nothing, or full of gasoline…I train every day. Very good, I drink water. I quit drinking and took drugs three years ago. I live very healthy, and the meals my girlfriend cooks are very healthy for me.
“All this keeps me in good shape and good feeling… I have forgotten for a long time what is good for me.”
He added: “I will be the old and new Jan. He will do his best to defeat his demons and find a way back to the light with new energy and joy of life.
“I sincerely apologize to people who have not given due respect recently because of my illness.”
“In any case, this is not a pleasant trip. He is the most important person in my life. No one frightens me or motivates me. Others…no disrespect to them, no let me get up early. He let me Get up early. He’s just a fucking mess.
“When I look at Jane’s situation and mine, because they are very similar, time is very similar… He has everything I have. He has a wife, children, money, and that’s not enough Keep him together.”
In the The Move podcast released on Sunday, Ullrich admitted that he started riding again five weeks ago and defeated Armstrong when the two were riding together in Mallorca.