T-Mobile heads to France

By Susan Westemeyer

The T-Mobile Team is heading to France to open its season this week at today's GP d'Ouverture La Marseillaise and the Etoile des Bessèges (February 1-5). Newcomer Jörg Ludewig is looking forward to his T-Mobile debut and is even a bit nervous. "At the thought of pinning my start number on a magenta jersey, I get flutters in my stomach," said the 30-year old. "The media's interest in the team and in me at the team presentation and afterwards was very big." Ludewig already knows what he wants to accomplish with the team. "I can imagine taking over the role of Rolf Aldag. I could like to ride at a high level and be a good all-rounder," he said. "In Marseille I want to be in the leading group on the first climb. I'm riding for results." In the following stage race, Ludewig will slip back into his role as a helper. "I want to be a good helper for our sprinters, especially for Olaf Pollack, and help to bring in wins for our team."

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