Team Vorarlberg Santic is working on the new Team for 2020 – nine riders stay with the Team, Linus Stari (AUT) gives his professional Debut!

Nine riders from the past successful year are extending their contracts for 2020. Above all, the top performers around Roland Thalmann (SUI), Colin Stüssi (SUI), Lukas Meiler (GER), Davide Orrico (ITA), Maximilian Kuen and Daniel Geismayr (both AUT).

They will continue to receive full support from two-time MTB Eliminator World Champion Daniel Federspiel (AUT), as well as youngsters Dominik Amann (AUT) and Martin Meiler (GER).

New on board is the young and strong climber Linus Stari (21/AUT). Especially in the past year he showed himself very strong in cycling marathons and could ride there with the best over the mountains. He is happy to be part of the team, and to learn a lot from the pros in his own ranks!

Roland Thalmann: “In the 2020 season, I want to play an important role as a performer in the heavy and big races. I am happy to be able to celebrate together with the existing as well as new riders together and again as a team! ”

Colin Stüssi’s tenor on next year: “I am convinced that we can continue this season after this successful year, and we would like to take another step forward in terms of performance.”

Ten riders are thus fixed for the upcoming season. In the coming days, more signatures will be added to new riders contracts, which we will inform you about.

2019: The most successful year for the Team Vorarlberg Santic

It was already very first cream what the Team Vorarlberg Santic conjured up as a Continental team on the asphalt. Especially in the fight against the big World Tour and Pro Continental teams, there were some sporting exclamation marks!

Not only the fact that you could fix seven UCI victories, witnessed a great development of the whole team. Especially how these successes where driven home was very impressive – AND planned.

The sports management has extended the preparatory phase compared to the previous years and thus created basis for a broader basis. It was an attempt which was successfully in May. From that time until the end of the Season at Paris-Bourges in October, the team was able to convince nationally and internationally with a high degree of consistency. With well over 100 race days, was Austria (nicht österrreich sondern in österrreich oder?)  no only the benchmark in terms of girth, but above all it the unruly Team Spirit and offered the competition its brains. With well over 100 race days, the Austrian team was not only the benchmark in terms of size, they also felt the unruly team spirit and stood up to the competition.

Tour victory and a terrific 71. Int. Tour of Austria!
A certain time passed after a last overal success in a stage race. The German rider Jannik Steimle won the Int. Oberösterreich Tour. This firework display was extended with two stage wins at the 71. Int. Tour of Austria. And yes, we also wore the leader jersey of the tour. The team was sensationally second in the team ranking behind Dimension Data. Before the World Tour Team CCC and Movistar.

It was just fun ….
… to work with this team in 2019. What causes such a strong season balance? The other´s joy, the other´s suffering. Especially on the top performance of the team large teams were aware. Especially the top performers of the team attracted the attention of big teams. Jannik Steimle, the 23-year-old vertical starter even made the direct jump to one of the best team in the world – to Deceunick-Quick Step to Belgium. Finally it has also been enough got Patrick Schelling (29) in the World Tour. After his fourth year in Team Vorarlberg Santic, the strong rider joins the Isreael Cycling Academy in 2020. And the young Spaniard Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego (24) will also leave the team for the next higher category (to Delko Marseille).

In general, one can note the most successful season form the Team Vorarlberg Santic in this 21-year history. The result of a very strong team spirit and a professional work behind the scenes.

The highlights of the past season 2019 in the rearview mirror!

  • 2 stage wins at the 71 Int. Tour of Austria UCI 2.1
  • 2nd overall Teamranking at the Tour of Austria UCI 2.1
  • Overall victory as the Int. Oberösttereich Tour UCI 2.1
  • 7 UCI victories and numerous podium places
  • Home win at GP Vorarlberg
  • 2nd place Radbundesliga Team and single overall ranking
  • Numerous victories in special scores (mountain, sprint, team)
  • 998 UCI points (16th place in the annual UCI classificaton under a total of 180 Continental teams)
  • 17 victories in the season
  • 13 x 2nd place
  • 8 x 3rd place
  • 112 top 10 results / 2019 top 20 results

Facts Team Vorarlberg Santic

  • 1999 foundation
  • 15 riders
  • 14 staff / helpers
  • 112 race days (February to October)
  • Status UCI World Association “UCI Continental Europe Tour”

“SPONSORING Team Vorarlberg Santic” a successful patnership
Team Vorarlberg Santic is proud of theis partners! Numerous sponsors have been with us for many years. We are very grateful for that. During this time, we have many sportings highs and lows. In the foreground of this are for us above all the important basic values and mutual esteem and the successfuk “togetherness”!

A warm “thank you” to the entire company TEAM VORARLBERG SANTIC!
This not only includes the professional cyclists, but also the team behind the most successful team in Austria. The staff crew and the office team did a great job laying the foundation for the success – THANK YOU – it was a great season with YOU!

Successes are transported!
The athletes can achieve such great results and make a splash. It is of elementary importance that they report about them accordingly, which also happened on a large scale this year. The Team Vorarlberg Santic has been known for many years as an aggressive and professionally managed team, which has earned a fixed place in the Top Teams.
A big thank you goes to press- and media representatives from near and far!

See you in the coming year 2020!
Currently, the squad for the upcoming year is completed and announced shortly. We are sure again to bring a broadly based and strong team to the start – despite the departures of some key riders. The cards are shuffled, we are looking forward to it!

Management and press service Team Vorarlberg Santic