Judith Arndt will ride for the T-Mobile women's team in 2006, the team's sponsor has announced. Arndt said last week that she would leave Team Nürnberger Versicherung at the end of 2005, and while the former world champion was cagey about her destination, it was something of an open secret that she was headed for T-Mobile.
However, the 2006 T-Mobile team is not quite the same as the current incarnation. While it shares management structure and personnel, the sponsors will be the German and British branches of T-Mobile and not the US arm that has supported a team for the last few years.
The new-look T-Mobile women's team will inherit some riders from the current outfit, and will comprise at least 12 riders. Cyclingnews understands that the team is negotiating with top British rider Nicole Cooke.