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Julich left off Telekom Tour team

Glenwood Springs native Bobby Julich will likely be tackling the hills of the Rocky Mountains instead of the French Alps this July, according to his Web site.

Julich, who has competed in six consecutive Tour de France cycling races, was not named to the Team Telekom Tour team for the 2003 race. According to Julich’s Web site, he plans to return to the United States and train for other upcoming races.

“I have raced in the Tour six times and it has brought me the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, but it is still the Tour and just to be part of it is incredible,” Julich wrote in a May 28 Web site journal entry prior to the team announcement.

“This year is the 100-year anniversary of the Tour and to be part of the race this year promises to be an opportunity of a lifetime,” he continued. “Not only is an American (Lance Armstrong) going for the record of five wins in a row, but the team that Telekom could have on the starting line in July has the possibility of being cycling’s `dream team.'”

The roster for Telekom’s Tour team is: Mario Aerts, Rolf Aldag, Santiago Botero, Matthias Kessler, Andreas Kloden, Daniele Nardello, Paolo Savoldelli, Alexander Vinokourov and Erik Zabel.

“I cannot be concerned with the politics of the team selection, because surely it will be tough for everyone involved,” he wrote in the May 28 journal entry. “I am counting on making the team, but if I don’t, I realize that it’s important to have a `plan B.'”

His Web site says he will return to the United States to do some high-altitude training in preparation for the Vuelta in Spain and the World Championships to be held in Canada.

Julich, a 1990 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School, competed in his first Tour de France in 1997 and finished 17th overall.

His best finish came in 1998 while racing for the French team Cofidis. Julich placed third to become just the second American to earn a spot on the Tour de France podium in Paris, according to his Web site.

Most recently, Julich has been competing in the Tour de Suisse. He has been working mostly in a support role for Telekom teammate Vinokourov, but did manage to finish sixth in the mountainous stage 7 and seventh in the stage 8 time trial.

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