Cervélo - Charlotte Becker is the new German national road champion
Charlotte Becker today won the German national championships in Sangerhausen. In an uphill sprint finish the Cervélo TestTeam rider crossed the finish line first, after 126.6 km (13 laps, each 9.7 km), ahead of Judith Arndt (HTC-Columbia) and Trixi Worrack (Equipe Noris) both of whom she had been with in the break.
Becker celebrates her first national road title after finishing second in the time trial earlier this week. Three weeks ago she also won her first World Cup race, the GP Ciudad Valladolid in Spain.
“I never thought that I would become the new champion, it is a really big surprise for me,” said Charlotte Becker, following the race. “The course today was really good for me. Better than it was for Arndt and Worrack, it probably wasn’t hard enough for them. I didn’t think about the win until I passed the finish line. I know that Judith is strong as well, especially if it is uphill. In the sprint Judith came next to me and than we turned to the right and I took the long way. But I had a bigger gain and more power toward the finish line. I am so happy, it is a great win and I will wear my new jersey proudly.”
“We were one of the favorites today,” said Jens Zemke, Sports Director, Cervélo TestTeam. “The bunch behind had no chance, because all the “big” teams had one rider in front. Charlotte Becker was in the break away of the day with Arndt and Worrack, though it was really a fight between Charlotte and Judith. Charlotte started the final in the first position and Arndt and Worrack were on her wheel but they could not take her over. In last 400 meters there was a steep climb. Charlotte started the sprint and they were not able to pass. Judith came beside her but couldn’t make it. The other two riders, Claudia Häusler and Sarah Düster did a great job in the bunch to cover all the attacks and were able to join a selective group behind the break, ending in 7th and 11th respectively.”
Result: 1. Charlotte Becker (Cervélo TestTeam) 2. Judith Arndt (Team HTC Columbia Women) 3. Trixi Worrack (Equipe Noris Cycling) 7. Claudia Häusler Cervélo TestTeam) 11. Sarah Düster (Cervélo TestTeam)
Geert Broekhuizen - Public Relations