T-Mobile team ready
New-look team want success in
match up to the winning start in 2006 for the 'magenta' women?
Arndt particularly motivated - contract renewed until end of 2008
A newly formed T-Mobile
Women’s team will be starting the new World Cup season in Australia with a
star line-up. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, Judith Arndt and four newcomers Kate
Bates, Alex Rhodes, Oenone Wood und Linda Villumsen intend to repeat last
year’s victory on March 3 in Geelong.
Judith Arndt will have reason to be motivated. The 2004 World Champion has
just extended her contract by a year with the T-Mobile Team until the end of
2008. But before the six “magenta women“ begin their battle for World
Cup points they’ll all be competing in the first race of the season in the
Tour of Geelong, from February 27 – March 1.
“These stage races, lasting several days are the best preparation
for the upcoming World Cup“, says Ina Yoko Teutenberg, who last
year won a stage win in the Tour of Geelong along with her World Cup
The Tour of Geelong starts with a time trial over 8 kilometres in
Portarlington, which is then followed by a 30-km race. The classification
for the tour is calculated over two days. The 115-km race around Geelong
with Mounth Wallace will certainly be a challenge. After the three-day tour
the riders race a 80-km long circuit to Bawron Coast.
Last year’s winner Oenone Wood showed that with her tactical cleverness it
is possible to triumph, without winning a stage win. With the time bonus
system the former Equipe Nürnberger rider claimed the overall winner’s
title for the third consecutive time.
It will then get serious from March 3, 2007 onwards, when the six T-Mobile
Team riders compete in the first of nine World Cup races in southern
Australia that also count towards valuable World Cup points. Eight
15-kilometre laps have to be tackled by a strong field of 100 women riders
in the Geelong city course.
“Our aim is to start the season on a high like the team did last
year with Ina-Yoko taking the first round of the World Cup and hence the
series' leaders jersey. If we can win that first World Cup race again we
will be very happy”, says team manager Kristy Scrymgeour. If
there’s a sprint finish the 32-year-old from Düsseldorf has a good chance
of a podium win. According to how the race develops, Scrymgeour has some
other tactical options at her disposal. Of the six women in the team,
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and three other athletes have already won podium place
at the World Cup in Geelong.
”The team is strong and we have a good balance of riders giving us a
few cards to play”, says Kristy Scrymgeour.
T-Mobile Team 2006©
2007 - the women line-up around a 2007 Giant - the team bike
: Suzanne de Goede, Oenone Wood, Kimberley Anderson, Alex Rhodes,
Arndt (with bike), Linda Villumsen, Chantel Beltman, Kate
Bates, Emilia Fahlin, Anke
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Arndt, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (both Germany), Kate Bates, Alex Rhodes, Oenone
Wood (Australia), Linda Villumsen (Denmark)
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T-Mobile Team roster 2007:
de Goede (Netherlands)
Melanie Villumsen (Denmark)
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