Frantisek Rabon (22) and Rebecca Much (19) are among the "babies" on the T-Mobile teams this year, and rather in awe of their new teammates and the whole set-up. "It is really like a dream come true to me," said Rabon, while Much called it "really awesome."
Rabon, from the Czech Republic, said, "I am here to learn. At races, but also from my teammates like Jan Ullrich and Andreas Klöden." He noted that last year he watched them on TV and now is riding alongside of them. "But I'm not a tourist. I also want wins."
Much, an American, said that her main goal was the US national U23 championships, but is also looking forward to learning from her teammates. She hopes to "continue developing as an all-rounder. Become a rider like Judith Arndt. What she has achieved in her career is incredible."
Much noted that there hasn't yet been much contact between the men's and women's team. "But it's great, the idea of having one big team with men and women. It's kind of unique in cycling. It really adds a different dimension."
Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer