T-Mobile's Judith Arndt, who recently won the Gracia Orlova stage race in the Czech Republic says she's pleased with the win, but the focus is now very much on the upcoming Tour de l'Aude (May 12-21). "Gracia was actually meant to be a preparation for Tour de l'Aude," said the German star, who moved to the women's T-Mobile team in the winter. "But when you have the yellow jersey once, you try to defend it of course..." she said.
Arndt has been in great form so far this season, taking regular podium places at world cup events and women's tours, with her latest world cup top three being a second place at La Fleche Wallonne. "It feels nice to win, and I'm happy about the first tour we've won together with the new team," said the former world champion. "It was really hard conditions the last two days, with 7 degrees and rain, and it was the first time I rode the new tt bike, but it turned out to fit me perfectly and that means a lot for a material-freak like me," she said.
Arndt praised her new team and is confident of both the team and herself performing well at the French race, a highlight of the women's calendar. "The team work was again really professional, and I'm looking forward to Tour de l'Aude; my form is there and now I only hope we get a good hotel this time in l'Aude."