Ludewig joins T-Mobile

Domina Vacanze's J”rg Ludewig agrees a two-year deal to return home to race, and says his goal is to

Domina Vacanze's J”rg Ludewig agrees a two-year deal to return home to race, and says his goal is to

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Jrg Ludewig has agreed a two-year deal with T-Mobile Team. The 29-year-old German is set to switch from the Italian Domina Vacanze team and becomes the team's fourth addition following the recruitment of Quick Step's Patrik Sinkewitz and Michael Rogers, and Gerolsteiner sprinter Thomas Ziegler.

"We are rebuilding the team and the addition of Jrg is another piece in that jigsaw," commented T-Mobile team manager Olaf Ludwig. "Jrg is a great team worker, who also possesses an attacking streak. We are also signing a pro who can pass on his experience to the younger riders in the team."

"For me it is a dream come true," said Ludewig, who gave a glimpse of his capabilities last Sunday at the HEW Cyclassics ProTour race in Hamburg when he spent nearly 200km off the front of the peloton, before he was eventually reeled in shortly before the finish by a chasing group that included T-Mobile captain Jan Ullrich.

Ludewig, who rode his third Tour de France this July and finished 38th on GC, turned pro in 1997 with the Bayer Worringen team. He joined Gerolsteiner in 1999, before switching to two-time Giro winner Gilberto Simoni's Saeco team in 2000. When the Italian team opted out of professional cycling at the end of 2004, Ludewig was without a team for a short time. However, he was able to use his contacts in Italian biking circles to land a contract with Domina Vacanze.

Ludewig sets two main goals for the 2006 season: "I want to help Steffen Wesemann in his bid to win Paris-Roubaix and I want to ride my fourth Tour de France. Through my effort and performances, I will strive to repay Olaf Ludwig for the trust he is placing in me."

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