The T-Mobile team is
continuing to sign riders to the squad for the 2006 season. The team is
committed to creating a world class roster which will take on the
competition at major races. Kimberly Baldwin, Lyne Bessette, and
Rebecca Much are the latest additions to the elite pro racing team. The trio
will link up with the other confirmed riders and management at the team’s
first get-together in Munich on December 3-4. In another roster update,
Nicole Cooke will not race for the team in the coming season.
Already named in the team are ex-World champion (2004), Judith Arndt and Ina
Yoko Teutenberg, the German who finished 2005 with a World Cup win
(Rotterdam). Kimberly Baldwin (35) is a four time US National Champion and
is an excellent time trialist and climber. “Kimberly has been with our US
team for three successful years, winning four races last season and clocking
up 16 top three finishes,” says the team’s sporting director Andrzej
Bek. “I am looking forward to continuing to work with her in the
Lyne Bessette (30) is a two time Olympian and four time Canadian National
Champion. “Lyne and Kimberly are top-class cyclists and former teammates
of Judith Arndt and Ina Yoko Teutenberg, who will also race for us next
season,” says Bek. “We are confident that these athletes will all
combine together very well in magenta.”
Also staying with the team is the remarkable young talent, Rebecca Much. The
19 year old is a silver medallist from the Junior World Championships in
Verona in 2004, and is a current U-23 national Champion in the USA.
“Rebecca is well equipped for the international challenge. She holds dual
German/US citizenship and she is definitely an exciting prospect for the
future,” predicts Bek.
The North American trio will join the rest of the confirmed roster at the
first team get-together, scheduled for Munich, Germany, on December 3-4. On
the agenda in Munich are team building exercises, group and individual
meetings to plan race programs for the season ahead, and a review of
training plans among other planning activities.
One rider who won’t be linking up with the team in Munich is Nicole Cooke.
The British rider will ultimately not ride for T-Mobile next season as
originally announced. “We have several talented athletes on board and as
sometimes happens, we were not able to align Nicole’s personal goals with
those of the team,” regrets Bek. “We wish Nicole the very best in her
future racing career.”
With the women’s team still taking shape, the final roster will only be
announced at a later date. The team will then be presented to the public
during the course of the official team presentation, which takes place on
the Spanish island of Majorca (Mallorca) in January 2006.
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