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Team confident ahead of Sunday’s final World Cup race

Successful first season for women’s T-Mobile Team

Sporting director Bek: "We achieved our goals"

T-Mobile Media release

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As a long and successful first season draws to a close, the women’s T-Mobile Team are in confident mood going to the start line for this weekend’s final leg of the 2006 World Cup series - the "Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt“. 

The magenta team have been at the top of their game in recent weeks with ace riders Judith Arndt and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg bagging a string of wins in Holland last week; Teutenberg won two stages of the Holland Ladies Tour and the Rotterdam leg of the World Cup series, while Arndt also bagged a stage win at the Ladies Tour.

 

Team sporting director Andrzej Bek sums up a fulfilling first season: "We had a fantastic year - with some ups and downs of course. We started very well, taking great results in Australia and New Zealand and then carried that fine form through the spring races in Europe and North America. “Injuries and sicknesses set us back somewhat in the summer, but the athletes bounced back with great results in August and then last week’s top performances in Holland," adds the Pole. “Overall, I am very pleased as we have achieved the goals we set for the team. And the season is not over yet!

Likewise, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg was pleased with how the team performed in its first full season in international competition, "We did pretty good for the first year. We grew together as a team and won a lot of races. It was difficult at first, which is normal for a new team, but then everything started to fall into place," says the 32- year-old German rider, who, despite "a little dip during the summer“, really left her mark on the international stage.

 

The presence of a sponsor like T-Mobile in women’s cycling has helped to generate more attention and coverage of the sport, so that Teutenberg has also sensed a change in the public’s perception of women’s cycling. "It has got much better, even if there is still a lot of work to be done. The more big and competitive teams that come on board, the better that is for the development of women’s cycling in general,“ emphasizes Teutenberg. “But there is still much room for improvement."

The powerful sprinter has scored ten season wins so far, including two World Cup wins, the first in Australia in February and Sunday’s win in Rotterdam the most recent. Judith Arndt has also chipped in with seven season wins, including a fine World Cup win in Montreal. Four wins in one week was however an extraordinary

haul: "We had hoped to end the season on a strong note," says Teutenberg. “But we never imagined scoring four wins in one week.“ 

 

Fresh off her wins in Holland, Teutenberg now has the season’s final World Cup race in Nuremburg in her sights. “Usually, Nuremberg boils down to a sprint finish. Since the course is very fast, it may prove relatively tricky for a breakaway to suceed. We’ll see how the legs are on Sunday and how well I have recovered from the races in Holland." 

In Nuremberg she can count on the support of Arndt, Kim Anderson, Kimberly Baldwin, Amy Moore and Christina Becker.

 

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