The black, red and gold striped German National Champion’s jersey was exchanged between two Saturn riders June 30th, as Judith Arndt won while defending champion Petra Rossner finished second.
Arndt, who rode for the German National team last year before signing with Saturn, has had an impressive season, already taking overall wins at Redlands, Solano, Tour de L’Aude, Tour de Snowy, and most recently, the HP Women’s Challenge.
Sunday’s 60-mile race was determined in the final 10 kilometers, when Arndt attacked 200 meters from the top, on the steepest pitch at the mountain sprint. Trixi Worrack and Regina Schleicher tried to chase, but Arndt powered away from them, putting 1:11 into the group before she soled in for the win.
Meanwhile, Rossner— one of the most tactically gifted riders in the women’s pro peloton— bided her time, waiting for the perfect opportunity to escape. With 700 meters to go, she found it and came into the finish alone for the silver medal. Schleicher won the field sprint for the bronze, 1:18 behind.
The result comes as a bit of a passing of the guard in Germany, as Rossner, 36, closes in on the end of a career that includes an unbelievable 24 German national championship wins, while Arndt, 26, continues to reach the peak of her success.
In an interview with VeloNews earlier this season, Arndt was asked to name the cyclist she most admired. Her answer: teammate and close friend Petra Rossner.