Teutenbers are a real cycling family

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No bike races without Teutenbers

Lars Teutenberg once shaped the events of “Sprint in May”, now it is the turn of his children Lea Lin and Tim Torn. Her grandfather Horst Teutenberg, who died in June 2021 at the age of 83, laid the foundation stone.

There are legends that are really true. While there are still debates within the club and family to this day whether Andreas Beikirch’s cycling career, which brought him a world and European title and made Germany once the most successful six-day cyclist, actually began with a “step of first race “on the streets of Büttgen, this is clearly evidenced in the case of Tim Torn Teutenberg. The 20-year-old, who won the silver and bronze medals at the 2020 European Junior Championships and finished second in the elimination race at the European U23 Championships a year later, first cycled on his children’s bike and then cheered on father, who was driving the “Sport in den Mai” won five times, as did the VfR Büttgen street race the next day – most recently in 2013 at the advanced age (then) 42 years old.

Now, in the 41st edition of the two-player squad Saturday night at the Sportforum in Olympiastraße, Tim Torn Teutenberg is one of the co-favorites, he ultimately creates a pair with Benjamin Boos, who is a year younger , with which he finished third in the European Championship for Junior 2020 in driving a car with two people. It remains to be seen whether it will be enough to face the favored duo of two-time world champion Theo Reinhardt and former European champion Moritz Malcharek – but the Teutenberg name is always good for a podium spot.


    Lars Teutenberg with Tim Torn after his victory in 2012 (U11 class).

Lars Teutenberg with Tim Torn after his victory in 2012 (U11 class).
Photo: Woitschützke, Andreas (woi)

That’s even more true for his sister Lea Lin, who is three years older than him – and not just because she forms a two-player women’s team with Olympic champion Franziska Brauße, with whom she won the medal. silver in two and in the two-player race at the U23 European Championship two years ago the four won. Their other successes, 2018 bronze with four in the European U23 Championship, 2021 third place in the omnium in the European U23 Championship, are not bad parents – which should be understood in the true sense of the Teutenbers.


    Lea Lin Teutenberg (WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team) ahead of the third phase of the 2019 Healthy Aging Tournament in the Netherlands.

Lea Lin Teutenberg (WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team) ahead of the third phase of the 2019 Healthy Aging Tournament in the Netherlands.
Photo: Augenklick / Roth / ROTH / AUGENKLICK

Horst Teutenberg laid the foundation stone. The grandfather of Tim Thorn and Lea Linn, who died in June 2021 at the age of 83, taught cycling not only to his children, but to countless talents as a club, state and base coach on the Sportforum track. .

Successful: his son Lars (51) was one of the national leaders on the track and road for two decades, in Büttgen he immortalized himself as a winner in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2008 (track) as well as in 1996, 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2013 (roads). Son Sven (49) ranked 81st in the overall Tour de France overall standings in 2001, participated in the Vuelta five times (best place in 1997 as 111th) and most recently made a name for himself as sporting director. Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2017 in Düsseldorf. He won the Büttgen road race in 2005. And daughter Ina Yoko (47) ranks fourth at the 2012 London Olympics road race as an exception to her many successes on her CV – if she had earlier had a women’s race in Büttgen, her name would surely have been on the list. of winners.

There are legends that are really true. Just like the fact that the organizers of “Sprint to May” wanted Lars Teutenberg to say goodbye to his active career after his victory in 2008 with a lap of honor – which the 37-year-old at the time could simply prevent. “Who said I would give up?” he asked indignantly. And so, even at the age of 51, Lars Teutenberg still pedals in racing. If he had not had a professional challenge as the sporting director of Team Canyon on May Day, “he would definitely have started again with us,” says general manager Friedhelm Kirchhartz. Who is convinced that Lea Lin and Tim Torn are more than just equal substitutes.

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