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Ina-Yoko Teutenberg calls end to 2013 season

Former German road race Champion's neck injury will not recover in time for this season


June 8, 2013, New York, USA - Specialized-lululemon's Ina-Yoko Teutenberg will take the rest of the 2013 racing season off to recover from a head injury incurred at an early season race.

"I have been talking with the team for couple of days now and we came to the decision that sitting out the season is the smarts thing for me to do," said Teutenberg. "It is hard to admit defeat to the crash as I have gotten a lot better in the last weeks, but i am just not a the point to be an athlete and resume full training in order to get ready and be competitive. Right now i am still fighting to be able to do every day life stuff and the main focus is that i get 100% healthy and not risk my health in order to be at a start line."

"Our initial goal was to get Ina back to racing in time for the Giro Rosa which is due to start at the end of June," said Team Owner Kristy Scrymgeour. "We wanted to give her the chance to finish out the season but unfortunately she is not ready. We've been very careful and conservative with her as the hit to the head was very hard and with the head you can never be too careful.

"It's been pretty hard for her. She's been racing since she was six years old and she definitely doesn't like being this sedentary. She also hates letting down her team. But she supports them for the sideline and this will give her a chance to recover fully and then make a decision later in the year if she'll be back for another year of racing next year."

"As for the team, we miss our team sprinter but she's definitely been giving her tactical input to the girls and they did a great job this spring with three riders out to injury."

Blog from Ina 24 April 2013


After I crashed in early March I was certain I would be back in full swing by now but had to realize during the past weeks that it might still be a long time till I can really resume training. I have heard the word PATIENCE about a million times in the past seven weeks and got to say that I am hitting the wall and just want to get back as quick as possible.

The first 10 days after the crash passed fairly fast as I was so out of it that I pretty much slept 18h a day and for the short periods I was awake I mainly sat in a dark room with no noise around me as I was just not able to handle anything else. At least I had good company from Sophie during this time as she guarded my bed like never before. I guess that was a sign that I was in pretty bad shape and she felt it.

I tried to get on the bike about 10 days after the crash to see where I stand but had to realize that I wasn’t able to even roll around the field. I got nauseous and my eyes could just not handle the speed so I went back home into the cave to recover from 30min outside. I was able to take the dogs on some walks and those walks pretty much kept me sane during the 5 weeks after the crash. I am pretty good at resting during the season but this injury is for sure testing me as I wasn’t even able to watch TV, be on the computer or be social in public…..everything seemed to be to much to handle in one way or another and as I heard so many horror stories about concussion I thought the best way to get better is to really stay away from it all and hoping I make it back quicker because of it!

I have gotten better over the past weeks but being on the bike right now is not called riding in my definition. I pretty roll around and reaching 2h last weeks was a little victory for me. Pretty scary to say that this was huge as I feel so far away from the days when I was an athlete.

Being in Sea Otter was for sure good for my mind as it meant I could be around bike riders and soak in the vibe. I although felt a bit more alive as the days were busier then in the past weeks but they again made me realize I am not good yet as I had some relapse in symptoms from using my “little” brain a bit to much. In those moments I do have to remind myself of how lucky I am that I was able to walk away from that crash as the TV footage shows me more dead then alive on the ground. It does put this long road of recovery in perspective.

I am really appreciative of all the support the team and the girls have given me as I know I would probably have hit the wall harder without them or I would have started to early and putting myself in danger health wise. Outside support has poured in as well and I am grateful for every little bit as it just helps staying PATIENT.

I will be meeting a concussion specialist tomorrow here in the Bay Area and have some more input on where I stand and on how much exercise I can actually built into the next weeks. Hopefully I might be able to get a bit more off a time line as that will make it easier to be PATIENT. I would say the no time line on this injury has been the hardest part of it. It is ok to rest and get better but not knowing when I will be better is rough.


About Ina

INA-YOKO TEUTENBERG 28th October, 1974 | Mettmann, Germany 

Ina was the ballsiest six-year-old girl in Mettman, Germany. She entered her first bike race on a tiny road bike that was still too big for her, because her older brothers (Sven and Lars) were doing it. What might have been glorious beginnings were a bit of a false start for the youngest Teutenberg, as she crashed 500 meters into that premier competition and completely destroyed her bike. Another child may have given up right there, but this is Ina-Yoko Teutenberg we’re talking about. What did Ina do? She entered the next day’s race on her town bike and made most of the little boys in the area cry by beating all but two of them. Little Ina, still scuffed up from the previous day’s race, climbed up onto the podium grinning, a sight that would become all too familiar in the decades to come and one that marked the beginning of her cycling career. She went on to win her first race (a co-ed race!) at seven.

Fast forward to the present and we find Ina as one of the winningest female cyclists in the world, with major victories aplenty under her belt (including some of her personal favorite results: winning Vlaanderen in 200X, her first Philly win in 2005 and a third place at Worlds in 2011). The ballsy attitude hasn’t changed a bit. Bringing thirty years of experience to the Specialized-lululemon cycling team, she is a veteran on the squad. Her teammates say she is as classy a rider as you can get. One teammate says: “She wins well and she loses well. As a person, she tells it like it is with no sugar-coating, but if she’s your friend, she’ll always be there for you.”

For 2012, Ina has set her sights on the London Olympics and the Team Time Trial at Worlds in Holland. She says: “The new TTT for trade teams will be really good for women’s cycling because we should be able to get some coverage.”

Home for Ina: San Luis Obispo.

What she loves most about cycling: it allows her to spend so much time outdoors in nature, see the world, and live in other countries.

What she would be doing if she’d never become a bike racer: She’d be a social worker.

How she spends her off-time: Taking long hikes with her dog, Sophie, and hanging out at the local coffee shops with friends.

Her mantra: “Those who lose dreaming are lost.” She has it tattooed on her wrist.


German National Road Race Champion 

Winner of 21 stages of Tour de l’Aude 

Bronze medal at world championships 2011 

Winner of World Cup China and Tour in 2010, 2011 

6 stage wins of Route de France 2008,9,10 11 

stage wins of Giro d’Italia Femminile 

German National Road Champion 2009 

Winner of Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2009 

4 time winner of Liberty Classic, Philadelphia 

Two time overall winner of Redlands Classic 2009,10 

2011 VICTORIES World Cup Chongming Is. Stage 2 and Overall at Tour of Chongming Is. 

Ronde Van Gelderland 

Stage 2 winner, Energiewacht Tour Stage winner, 

Tour of New Zealand 2 stages, 

Merco Classic Giro di Trentino, Stage 1

German National RR Champion Winner 

Stage winner 4&10 Giro Donne 

Winner Stage 1, Thüringen Rundfahrt Stage 

Winner, Trophe d’Or 

Winner of 2 Stages, Giro Toscana


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