Jörg Ludewig and Linus Gerdemann, who will be part of German T-Mobile team as of next year, have finished up a 12-day training camp on Mallorca, calling it a "valuable experience". The two met for the first time at the T-Mobile team meeting in November, but "hit it off right from the start" according to Gerdemann, who is joining the squad from Danish Team CSC. "It was the first training camp in my life in which after 12 days I wasn't bored one bit," said Ludewig.
The two spent four to six hours a day on their bikes, and were based in Alcudia, in the north of the island. "It was more than just back and forth on the coastal road. We have three good climbs here than can be approached via three different routes - you can even sweat it out a bit," he continued.
The pair hopes to ride together during the season as well, especially Paris-Nice. However, they have different goals for their time at T-Mobile. "Ideally I will prove myself a strong domestique for Jan Ullrich following Rolf Aldag's footsteps. The icing of the cake would be riding for Ulle through France in the first year of the post-Armstrong era," said Ludewig, 30, who already pulled Gilberto Simoni over some Tour de France mountains at Lampre two years ago.
In the meantime, 23 year-old Gerdemann considers the next two years "as an apprenticeship," while looking to a future as a stage race winner.
Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer