Martin Meiler “man of the day” – after yesterday’s heavy fall!

47.73 km / h average on today’s third stage over 181.8 kilometers from Karcag to Nyiregyhaza. And right in the middle as one of the main actors Max Kuen. The young Austrian did a lot in a strong top group and ensured a strong presence for the team on Eurosport TV.

The top will be put back in the final. The super-fast Italian Jakub Mareczko (CCC Team) wins ahead of Kaden Groves (AUS / Mitchelton Scott). Groves is now also leading the overall standings, which will be finalized on the last stage next Wednesday. The tour of Hungary is decided on a mountain finish. Just to the taste of Guerin and Thalmann.

Max Kuen: “That used to be a ride. From KM 20 on in the top group. Once across the potty-flat east Hungary. Nothing more is needed. #Life at the limit. That was one of the toughest days in a top group for me. When it’s flat you just can never rest, you always have to ride under pressure. That’s really tough! “


Martin Meiler and Colin Stüssi back in the race after falling!

Those were moments of shock on yesterday’s Sunday stage. First, Colin Stüssi has to hit the ground a few kilometers from the finish. But he can finish the race. In the mass sprint of the field, the young Martin Meiler crashes badly and through no fault of his own at high speed. After the first aid, Meiler is transported to the hospital and examined. It is sewn around the eyes, but was very lucky that nothing was broken. His start today on the stage he has finished shows that he is a tough guy – Chapeau!



08/29 Esztergom – Esztergom 117.5 km

08/30 Debrecen – Hajduszoboszlo 158.4 km

08/31 Karcag – Nyiregyhaza 181.8 km

01.09. Sarospatak – Kazincbarcika 180 km

02.09. Miskolc – Gyöngyös-Kekesteto 187.8 km

The stages are transferred to Eurosport 1 and 2 or combined.

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Maximilian Kuen, Alexis Guerin, Martin and Lukas Meiler;




Colin Stüssi opened a turbulent start oft the Tour de Hongrie UCI 2.1 with 12th place – Lukas Meiler in the mood to attack!

Today the first stage of this year’s tour of Hungary over 117.5 km with start and finish in Esztergom. It is probably the best-manned race this year for the Vorarlberg Santic team. Six World Tour Teams (CCC, Israel, Trek-Segafredo, Jumbo-Visma, Alpecin-Fenix, Mitchelton-Scott) and a further eight Pro Continental Teams.

Lukas Meiler is tied for the mountain jersey!
The young german showed a very strong performance today and was in the top group of eight. Meiler placed second in both mountain ratings. So he is tied for points with Lozano Riba (SPA / Novo Nordisk) in this special ranking.

Colin Stüssi wide awake in the hectic finale!
In the final, all outliers were found again. A fall a few kilometers from the finish. Even at 300 meters the next one. The Swiss Stüssi finished in a very good twelfth place in the sprint of the remaining field. The Spaniard Aberasturi Jon (Caja Rujal) wins ahead of Kaden Groves (AUS / Mitchelton Scott).
Roland Thalmann and Alexis Guerin are grunted for a few seconds because of the falls.


08/29 Esztergom – Esztergom 117.5 km
08/30 Debrecen – Hajduszoboszlo 158.4 km
08/31 Karcag – Nyiregyhaza 181.8 km
01.09. Sarospatak – Kazincbarcika 180 km
02.09. Miskolc – Gyöngyös-Kekesteto 187.8 km

The stages are transferred to Eurosport 1 and 2 or combined.
Squad: Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Maximilian Kuen, Alexis Guerin, Martin and Lukas Meiler;


Thalmann with a strong race at 22nd place in European Championship road race – Team Vorarlberg Santic receives invitation for Tour de Hongrie UCI 2.1!

Roland Thalmann was the best team Vorarlberg Santic rider in today’s championship of the EM in the road race over 177 kilometers. He was in the service of Michael Albasini in the Swiss national team, who finished eleventh. Thalmann comes 22nd at the same time as winner Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) in the sprint for the European title. Second Arnaud Demare (FRA), third Pascal Ackermann (GER).



Vorarlberg Santic Team in the starting blocks for the next major order – Wildcard for Tour de Hongrie 29.08. – 02.09!

No less than six World Tour teams (CCC, Israel, Trek-Segafredo, Jumbo-Visma, Alpecin-Fenix, Mitchelton-Scott) have registered. The top-class starting list is supplemented by eight further Pro Continental teams.

The Vorarlberg Santic team has received an invitation to this year’s Tour of Hungary due to the successes in recent weeks.


The goal: Tob be active on all stages and overall in GC top ten – Eurosport broadcasts!

Werner Salmen – sporting director: “We are looking forward to the tour. The shape is right what the results and impressions of the last races have shown. We will not hide in Hungary and actively approach the stages. Then a place in the top ten should be realistic in the end!”

The stages will be broadcast on Eurosport 1 and 2.


Squad: Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Maximilian Kuen, Alexis Guerin, Martin and Lukas Meiler




Roland Thalmann and Claudio Imhof represent Team Vorarlberg Santic at the EM in Plouay!

Claudio Imhof (SUI) is the main player in the Swiss national team with three appearances at this year’s European Championships. Today he will represent the colors of Switzerland and the Vorarlberg Santic team in the time trial over 25.6 kilometers in Plouay, France. Plus in the road race on Wednesday and in the mixed race on Friday.

Roland Thalmann will be assigned one of the main roles in the main competition next Wednesday in the road race over 177 kilometers.

All races will be broadcast live on Eurosport – Good luck Roli & Claudio!

Live broadcast times on EUROSPORT 1 from August 24th to 28th, 2020 in Bretagne.

– Monday, 8/24 16:10 – 17:15 / individual time trial over 25.6 km

– Wednesday, August 26th 13:45 – 16:00 / road race 13 laps, 177.45 km

– Friday, August 28 14:30 to 17:00 / Mixed time trial over 27.3 km

Daniel Federspiel ignites turbo – second place at Austrian Championships – Guerin with an impressive performance in France!

 That was (almost) a masterpiece! Daniel Federspiel is the big surprise of the day alongside state champion Valentin Götzinger (Team WSA Graz)! Supported by the very strong team performance of Dominik Amann, Maximilian Kuen and Fabian Costa, the 33-year-old Austrian crowned his race day in Mattersburg in the 192-kilometer race with second place. Third is World Tour professional Michael Gogl (NTT Pro Cycling)!

“It was my first state championship on the road when I was 33 years old. I knew it could work when it got into the sprint. We were a small team, but Max, Dominik and Fabian really worked for me. Götzinger attacked at 1000 meters. I was a bit trapped here to close the hole, but it feels really good!“ said an overjoyed Daniel Federspiel


Live on stage with Alexis Guerin in France – top performance in Brittany!

In the long, fast road race over 238 kilometers in Grand Champ, Team Vorarlberg Santic Professional Guerin was one of the most active in the field. In the race, which was broadcast live on Eurosport, Guerin determined the title fight for the colors red, white, blue for a long time. He was in the most promising leading group for the longest time, but was put back before the final. Winner Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) ahead of Coquard (B&B Vital Concept) and Alaphilippe (Quick Step). Guerin finishes in 56th place.


Martin Meiler was in Germany at the Sachsenring as the 45th best team Vorarlberg Santic rider. After a strong performance and a bit of bad luck in the finish sprint, he crossed the finish line with winner Marcel Meisen (Alpecin Fenix) after 168 kilometers!

National championships individual time trial – Raphael Kockelmann second in Luxembourg!

Only 21 seconds behind World Tour rider Michel Ries (Trek-Segafredo), 21-year-old Raphael Kockelmann finished on the second place.

Raphael Kockelmann: “I am very satisfied with the performance that I was able to call up. For weeks I have been preparing for this race very hard and with targeted training. Of course – the title would have been even better, but I’ll attack it again in 2021! “



Kuen and Amann on rank twelve in Austria – tomorrow title fights in AUT, GER, FRA, LUX

And again Matthias Brändle (Israel Startup Nation) from Vorarlberg struck. He wins ahead of Patrick Gamper (BORA Hansgrohe). Maximilian Kuen was also involved up to six kilometers. Then he had to pay tribute to the strong wind around Lutzmannsburg. He finished twelfth on the 28 kilometer course. Just like his teammate Dominik Amann in the U23 class.


Tomorrow, Sunday, the title fights in the road races in France with Alexis Guerin will follow. In Austria (Kuen, Federspiel, Amann), in Germany (Schinnagel, Meiler Lukas u Martin), and Luxembourg (Kockelmann).


Team Vorarlberg Santic has to give up the record hunt at the Race Around Austria after a hard crash from Felix Meo!

At 510 km, your breath stands still in the pace car. The young New Zealander Felix Meo wants to turn left, suddenly a car appears in the side mirror and drives it down from behind at high speed. The rescue brings Meo to the hospital for a health check. Fortunately, the first fears of numerous fractures were confirmed. Nevertheless, the likeable Kiwi was hit hard. He breaks his left wrist and metacarpal, as well as extensive abrasions and two tears in muscles on his back and thigh.

Company Track record ended abruptly – Team Vorarlberg Santic has to finish the race!
Daniel Geismayr, Johannes Schinnagel, Jack Burke and Felix Meo were fully on track to set the course record. At the time of the fall, the Vorarlberg Santic was right on schedule for under 60 hours.

Geismayr, Schinnagel and Burke in unison: “We had a goal and we clocked it perfectly. It worked better and better until the stop. We got lost five times in the first 200 kilometers. It just got better and the Argon18 machines with Profile Design impellers ran like never before.. The team and we have invested a lot in a very short time. It would have been impossible for three because of the short sleep times. Because we want to perform again at the championships and the Tour of Hungary. It was super hard for us to break off, if only because it is such a cool experience to drive at night. But also because of the new team structure and many experiences! ”

We want to come back and attack!
Not only the riders, but also the nine-person support team, which was on duty 24/7, would like to be back in 2021.
Thomas Kofler and Werner Salmen: “We have learned a lot these days and are planning the RAA for 2021. Perfectly organized race with a lot of heart and passion for cycling – and with a lot of enthusiasm on the routes. And yet this decision was correct due to the further season planning in consultation with the athletes. We wish all other RAA participants a good finish and thank the organizer for the effort in this very special time – we were there with enthusiasm. We hope that Felix will get back on his bike quickly – he would like to start again in 2021! ”

Riders: Daniel Geismayr, Johannes Schinnagel, Jack Burke, Felix Meo
RAA supervisory team: Nico Berton, Stefan Ivanov, Werner Salmen, Gerald Kofler, Jürgen Schatzmann, Fabian Schmid, Daniel Gassner, Johannes and Thomas Kofler

Team Vorarlberg Santic starts today at 9 p.m. in the Race Around Austria – Sightseeing Tour in hardcore mode!

Ready to go! When the church tower clock strikes nine times this evening, the squadra from Vorarlberg will start its project “RAA – 2020”. The organizer has come up with something special for the Vorarlberg Santic professional team. The last team of four starters goes at 7.20 p.m. in the race. The four musketeers Daniel Geismayr, Johannes Schinnagel, Jack Burke and Felix Meo start their race 100 minutes later – “catch me if you can”!

Live in the race – follow us!

The race will be streamed live today from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the website of the organizer or on the team’s channels. From 9 p.m. are the team on TV. Thursday evening will then be broadcast again for 2 hours (6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.), also Friday and until the finish on Saturday. Click here at

Super exciting over three days – live tracking!

Team Vorarlberg Santic with starting number 401 can be followed permanently in the RAA Extreme race at the link  It shows where the are currently located. And of course also where the competition that started 100 minutes before is on the way.

Jack Burke and Felix Meo open – sightseeing tour in hardcore mode!

The Canadian Jack Burke and his buddy Felix Meo from New Zealand will open the first six hours of the race. Until 3 a.m., they will take turns continuously every 30 minutes. Then hand them over to Daniel Geismayr (AUT) and Johannes Schinnagel (GER).


Jack Burke: “Race Around Austria is definitely one of the best experiences of my career. Under normal circumstances we could not do a race like this until after our cycling career, but this year gave us that opportunity. Now I am happy that we are going on a wild ride with my team members through one of the most beautiful countries in the world! “


Felix Meo: “I’m really looking forward to RAA. After a very strange year we are happy to be able to ride such a difficult and equally beautiful race. I come from New Zealand, live in Milan and will now get to know Austria in just under three days. Who can do that😊?

A big thank you to the team who worked hard day and night to prepare everything so that we can get on this adventure quickly and safely! “


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Line Up Team Vorarlberg Santic – Facts:

Daniel Geismayr (30) AUT Johannes Schinnagel (24) GER

Felix Meo (23) NZL Jack Burke (25) CAN


Start and destination:    St. Georgen am Attersee (Upper Austria)

Start time:                         August 12th at 9 p.m. for Team Vorarlberg Santic

Finish:                                August 15th morning / noon

Route length:                   2170 kilometers

Elevation gain:                 30,000 meters

Track record:                    2 days 13 hours 37 minutes (2015)

Number of supervisors: 10 STAFF (3 vehicles)

The time has come! Team Vorarlberg Santic will start next Wednesday in the “Race Around Austria” for the toughest race in Europe – a completely new and great challenge!

This year is just different! And that’s exactly why the Vorarlberg team is the first UCI professional team in history to face this somewhat more than “crazy” challenge!

After the successful performance of Alexis Guerin at the Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc in France (2nd place in the overall classification), we are now moving to the Race Around Austria!

What is the Race Around Austria?

The RAA is an ultra cycling race with a fairly simple mode. To complete the outer border of Austria in NONSTOP mode day and night as quickly as possible. Sounds easy, but it is not. And that is exactly why this race has the packaging of „the toughest race in Europe“! The athletes start in different classes, also in shorter distances, in solo, 2 and 4 competitions!

With Christoph Strasser (AUT), the six-time winner of the Race across America, are the best ultra cycling athlete also in the competiton!

The Vorarlberg Santic team starts in the 4-rider team competition on the longest and hardest route over 2200 kilometers and 30,000 meters in altitude!


Team line-up – facts:

Going into the race for the Vorarlberg Santic team:

Daniel Geismayr (30) AUT          Johannes Schinnagel (24) GER

Felix Meo (23) NZL                        Jack Burke (25) CAN

Start and destination:                   St. Georgen am Attersee (Upper Austria)

Start time:                                       August 12th at 9 p.m. for Team Vorarlberg Santic

Finish:                                               August 15th morning / noon

Route length:                                  2170 kilometers

Elevation gain:                                30,000 meters

Track record:                                  2 days 13 hours 37 minutes (Year 2015)

Number of supervisors:               10 STAFF (3 vehicles: Pace Car, Bus, Camper)


THE PLAN – the tactics – the rhythm – non-stop into the night – in wind and weather – stay safe!

  • The four Team Vorarlberg Santic riders split into two teams of two. Jack Burke with Felix Meo, Daniel Geismayr with Johannes Schinnagel.
  • Each rider duo rides six hours. The other duo goes back in the camper and can relax for six hours until the next handover.
  • There is always only one Pro rider on the course. The duo alternates permanently in a rhythm of 20-30 minutes. The other rider is transferred to the front.

That means: every rider almost always has to go to the limit in his interval!

  • The route is not closed, there are no direction markings. The route is fixed by the organizer. The riders have Lezyne GPS devices and lighting systems on their bikes so they don’t stray from the route.
  • The main navigation is carried out via Radio Tour Funk from the pace car to the athletes. The pace car drives directly behind the rider.
  • Bike changes allowed! When things go flat in Lower Austria, Burgenland or Carinthia, then up on the super-fast Argon18 time trial machines. Light mountain bikes are ridden over the Großglockner, Kühtai, Silvretta, Hochtannbergpass and the other big mountains.
  • The night? Is meant for sleeping normally – not in next days in the RAA. This is the particular challenge for the pro riders and Staff members. Three nights on the bike lie ahead. Completely new terrain for the professionals and Staff, also in terms of sleep deprivation, plus the catering for the athletes.
  • The great unknown = the weather. 35 degrees in Burgenland. Thunderstorms, cold temperatures and rain in the mountains. Everything will and can be there.
  • And always in the focus of everyone: The safety of the riders and supervisor – this is subordinate to everything!


Team captain – Daniel Geismayr: “I’m really happy about participating in RAA Austria this year. It will be my longest race so far. Still, I can’t wait to get started. I love challenges and this race will definitely be one. “


The goal? Team Manager Thomas Kofler:

“On the one hand, a daring affair for our team. On the other hand, a big but manageable task over 2170 kilometers. Not only to the Pro`s, but also to the staff personal, like seldom before, down to the last detail due to the constant rider changes, navigating, repairing defects during the race – and everything that still comes as great unknowns. The other teams had been preparing meticulously for 12 months. We here from the current racing programm. My right hand in the Team Office Jürgen Schatzmann did a great job here. Together with some allies, he organized perfect maps and put together a great team of supervisors – we are well prepared as far as we can.

And yet – we have to stay on the track, because the fastest legs are useless if we keep getting lost. That sounds a bit strange, but it will be the biggest work for us in the cars behind the riders.

THE GOAL: Sure – we want to and will tackle the “Course Record” operation. But everything has to fit. We have a veteran in Daniel Geismayr, but we have mainly nominated young guys. With Guerin, Thalmann, Stüssi a. Co., it would be a little more manageable – but we want to develop young athletes – and with the RAA they are guaranteed to make a leap forward, including many impressions. Let the games begin – we’re all looking forward to it.

Thanks to the organizer around Michael Nussbaumer, who always motivates us to be there! “




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