Arndt takes second bronze medal in World Champs
Varese, Italy, 27 September 2008 - Team Columbia Judith Arndt has followed
up her bronze medal for Germany in the World Championships time trial with a
bronze medal in the road race.
Arndt was part of a five rider break that went clear in the final lap of the
technically challenging 138.8 kilometre road-race in Varese, Italy.
A hard-fought last few kilometres saw one attack go after another, but none
of them worked out. Then in the final sprint for the line, Arndt finished third
behind Nicole Cooke of Great Britain and Marianne Vos of Holland.
“It was a great race, the German team were always on top of things throughout
the course.” Arndt said afterwards.
“We had three of our riders in an early breakaway, then two riders [Arndt
and Trixi Worrack] went again in the final move, so maybe that doesn’t
look so good.”
“But we tried everything, and attacked again and again because we knew
that our rivals could sprint better than either of us.”
“That didn’t work out. However, I think we can be proud, the racing
was positive, aggressive and fun.”
Arndt said Vos’s two attacks on the final lap, given the Dutchwoman’s
strong final sprint, had caught her by surprise.
“It was unexpected because I know she’s so fast at the finish. But
at the same time, it’s great to see such an aggressive style of racing,
with people attacking all the time!”
The World Champion in 2004, Arndt admitted that it had been disappointing to
come so close to taking gold for a second time in her career, “but that
the others were simply better.”
“I know it’s the usual thing to say when you get beaten but it does
happen to be true. It was really like that.”
“As a team we got in the breaks and did our best. That’s what matters.”
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