The T-Mobile women are twice as good as the T-Mobile men - at least when it comes to winning races. Or is the internal T-Mobile competition going to be exclusively held between Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and Olaf Pollack? Whichever way it is, Teutenberg already has four season victories for the women, while Pollack has only two for the men. He won two in a row in California, but Teutenberg went one better, winning two in one day in New Zealand. She took the two split stages in the Tour of New Zealand (2.2) on Thursday. "It doesn't get much better than this," she told Cyclingnews. "I'm very happy with how today has gone."
In the morning stage, 99 km from Martinborough to Masterton, the peloton stayed together most of the race, and Teutenberg won the mass sprint in front of overall leader Sarah Ulmer. In the evening criterium race, T-Mobile and Univega controlled the last four laps to set things up for their sprinters. Teutenberg beat Univega's Kiesanowski by half a length.
Next on the agenda is the New Zealand World Cup. "I think Sunday's race will be really hard. I hear it's a tough course," Teutenberg added.