Still schooling 'em
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg returned to professional racing in 2005 after a year off to recover from surgery. Her return to racing this year has been fruitful to say the least, and Cyclingnews' Mark Zalewski sat down with Teutenberg in between wins for a conversation and some, as she says, 'bee-ahrs.'
A three-time junior world champion, Teutenberg excelled at racing in North America with the Saturn juggernaut and has raced in the Olympics as well as winning six stages of the Tour de France Féminine.
Her time off from racing renewed her love of cycling, returning the fun and excitement to the sport. Subsequently, she and her T-Mobile team have lit the 2005 season ablaze, with Teutenberg winning stages of the Tour de Toona, Cascade Classic, Nature Valley Grand Prix, and Redlands. Her biggest wins so far have been the infamous Liberty Classic and the first women's edition of the Bank of America Invitational.
Cyclingnews: Let's start with the obvious...has this year been the best year for you, winning the Liberty Classic as well as many other victories?
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg: Well, it's probably the most number of victories. But we do a lot of crits. With Saturn when we used to ride a lot of international races and I had ten to twelve victories every year. But the overall feeling is good - I haven't been feeling that good before. The Liberty Classic was big. I've always been part of winning it, but it's different winning it yourself. It was cool!
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