Eight Vorarlberg professionals will start the fight against the clock on Sunday. And it will be a really tough test. The last race of the Austrian Time Trial Series is also the longest and definitely the most intense of the series.

 

The distance is 45 kilometers with start and finish very close to team base. Alexis Guerin and Roland Thalmann are among the favorites. They are in good shape, as they showed at the ŠKODA Tour de Luxembourg. The biggest concurents are with World Championships starter Felix Rietzinger, as well as Daniel Auer, Stephan Rabitsch, Mathias Krizek, etc.

 

Dominik Amann and Linus Stari are the local heroes. The roster is completed by Max Kuen, Lukas and Martin Meiler, as well as Johannes Schinnagel. Good luck Guys!!!

 

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Maximilian Kuen, Alexis Guerin, Johannes Schinnagel, Lukas Meiler, Martin Meiler, Dominik Amann, Linus Stari;

Thalmann moves up to 16th place – Diego Ulissi overall winner!

 

It was the expected “Fireworks Stage”, because the overall victory was still completely open. Right in the middle of it all are the Team Vorarlberg Santic Cracks – and today they lit up! Diego Ulissi (UAE-Emirates) did not want to give up the yellow “scraps”. On the other hand, the Lotto-Soudal team with Tim Wellens had something in particular. In the last third of the race from Mersch to the state capital Luxembourg over 187 kilometers, there was a group of around 15 riders, and most of the favorites.

 

Tony Gallopin: “Where do you guys come from?”

The group had been gone for over a minute when Colin Stüssi ignited the turbo on the ascent from the main field within three kilometers with the best watt values from his ROTOR powermeters. He can catch up with the World Tour professionals.

On the descent, Alexis Guerin risks significantly more than 100% – he also catches up!

Tony Gallopin (Ag2R) to Guerin: “Boys, where are you all from?” Guerin: “From behind, of course!”

BUT also this group was put before the final. But then Thalmann storms to the great final.

 

Thalmann with stage rank 15 on rank 16 in the overall ranking of this Pro Series tour!

Six riders hit the home straight together. Andreas Kron (DAN / Riwal) wins ahead of overall tour winner Diego Ulissi (ITA / UAE-Emirates). Roland Thalmann is an excellent 15th with 15 seconds behind. In the final accounts, Vorarlberg’s captain is 16th!

 

Werner Salmen (Sports Director):Many people here congratulated us on this attractive driving style. When even great cyclists like Gallopin pat you on the shoulder, the riders can confidently start their journey home satisfied. We had a lot of bad luck on the first stage with the falls. That’s sport. They fight with elbows. But we gave everything every day and were always close! “

 

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-luxembourg/2020/stage-5

 

Stage overview:

15.09. Luxembourg – Luxembourg 133 km

16.09. Remich – Hesperange 164 km

17.09. Rosport – Schifflange 150 km

18.09. Rodange – Differdange 219 km

19.09. Mersch – Luxembourg 187 km

 

Race information: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-luxembourg/2020/overview

Organizer: https://www.skodatour.lu/

 

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Alexis Guerin, Johannes Schinnagel, Lukas Meiler, Raphael Kockelmann;

 

Next race: GP Vorarlberg – Final Austrian Time Trial Series in Nenzing (27.09.)

But then went “explose” on the fourth stage of the ŠKODA Tour de Luxembourg!

 Johannes Schinnagel with Arnaud Demare up and away!

After the first sprint classification of the longest stage over 219 (!!) kilometers from Rodangen to Differdange, eight riders extend. Including the French champion and super sprinter Arnaud Demare. But Johannes Schinnagel is also there. He secured several points in the mountain classification and is showing a great race today.

 

Top stars show their teeth today!

The classic stars then showed their strengths in the very fast race over this long distance. Tim Wellens and Philippe Gilbert (Lotto-Soudal) launched the final for John Degenkolb. At that time, Schinnagel’s group was caught up again.

Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi and Alexis Guerin were in the supposedly top group of around 30 people. On the edge of the wind, the teams from UAE-Emirates, Circus-Wanty and Lotto-Soudal went one better. Then it happened to the Team Vorarlberg Santic riders.

Diego Ulissi (UAE-Emirates) sprints to victory after just under five hours. Second de Gent (Circus-Wanty), ahead of Hoelgaard (Uno-X) and Wellens (Lotto-Soudal). In GC are Roland Thalmann at place 24th. In the lead Diego Ulissi.

 

Werner Salmen (sporting director): “Today we saw why we race here against people with over a million wages. Our boys had a great attitude and did everything right. They were represented in every group and were there for a long time. Sure, they went “explose” in the final, we have to accept that, but this is how they will continue towards 2021. Maybe something will work again tomorrow – they deserve it! “

 

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-luxembourg/2020/stage-4

 

stage overview:

15.09. Luxembourg – Luxembourg 133 km

16.09. Remich – Hesperange 164 km

17.09. Rosport – Schifflange 150 km

18.09. Rodange – Differdange 219 km

19.09. Mersch – Luxembourg 187 km

 

Race information: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-luxembourg/2020/overview

Organizer: https://www.skodatour.lu/

Numerous television stations a.o. Eurosport report on this tour!

 

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Alexis Guerin, Johannes Schinnagel, Lukas Meiler, Raphael Kockelmann;

John Degenkolb wins the last sprint stage of the SKODA Tour de Luxembourg 2nd Pro – Team Vorarlberg Santic Cracks hot for the last two stages!

 

The grapes on the first three stages were high. And yet the Team Vorarlberg Cracks were again today in the first two breakaway groups with Schinnagel and Guerin. I was kept out of the sprint of the field. Because tomorrow and the day after tomorrow the difficult stages await. This terrain should then be better tailored for Thalmann, Stüssi and Guerin.

 

Today the German John Degenkolb (Lotto-Soudal) won the sprint. Grosu (Nippo Delko) leads the general classification of Ulissi (UAE Emirates). Thalmann is currently in 24th place with potential forwards!

 

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-luxembourg/2020/stage-3-gc

 

Stage overview:

15.09. Luxembourg – Luxembourg 133 km

16.09. Remich – Hesperange 164 km

17.09. Rosport – Schifflange 150 km

18.09. Rodange – Differdange 219 km

19.09. Mersch – Luxembourg 187 km

 

Race information: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-luxembourg/2020/overview

Organizer: https://www.skodatour.lu/

Numerous television stations a.o. Eurosport report on this tour!

 

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Alexis Guerin, Johannes Schinnagel, Lukas Meiler, Raphael Kockelmann

Chaotic second stage of the SKODA Tour de Luxembourg UCI 2.Pro!

 

After problems on the first kilometres of the second stage of the SKODA Tour de Luxembourg, the stage was neutralized until the final laps in Hesperange.

 

Roland Thalmann at striking distance with the leaders!

The stage was restarted in Syren. Two laps on the final circuit around Hesperange had to be mastered. Attack after attack right from the start. None of the riders could break away from the peleton.

 

The Frenchman Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ) won the sprint ahead of the Belgian Jasper Philipsen (UAE-Team Emirates) and Alexander Krieger (Alpecin-Fenix) from Germany.

 

Roland Thalmann is the best placed Team Vorarlberg Santic rider in the overall classification ten seconds behind the overall leader Diego Ulissi (UAE-Team Emirates) from Italy.

 

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-luxembourg/2020/stage-2

 

Stage overview:

15.09. Luxembourg – Luxembourg 133 km

16.09. Remich – Hesperange 164 km

17.09. Rosport – Schifflange 150 km

18.09. Rodange – Differdange 219 km

19.09. Mersch – Luxembourg 187 km

 

Race information: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-luxembourg/2020/overview

Organizer: https://www.skodatour.lu/

Numerous television stations report on this tour!

 

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Alexis Guerin, Johannes Schinnagel, Lukas Meiler, Raphael Kockelmann;

 

Lukas Meiler on the run with Tony Gallopin on the first stage of the ŠKODA Tour de Luxembourg 2nd Pro!

 

Perfect performance by Lukas Meiler and the Vorarlberg Santic team – 2nd place in the mountain classification!

Thanks to the young Oberammergau cyclist Lukas Meiler, the Vorarlberg Santic team was omnipresent on the first stage over 133 kilometers with start and finish in the state capital of Luxembourg. From kilometer eight, Meiler ran away with five professionals. Among them the French co-favorite Tony Gallopin (Ag2r).

But the World Tour teams around Mark Cavendish (Bahrain-McLaren), as well as John Degenkolb and Philippe Gilbert (Lotto-Soudal) pressed the throttle. Shortly before the goal, Meiler u. Co. give up after a tough fight!

After this great performance today, Meiler is now in second place in the overall mountain classification.

 

Diego Ulissi wins – Roland Thalmann the man for the overall classification – Stüssi unlucky!

In the mass sprint of the first group, the Italian Diego Ulissi (UAE Emirates) wins ahead of the Belgian Capiot (Sport Vlaanderen). Thalmann crosses the finish line at the same time as the winner.

Bad luck meanwhile for Colin Stüssi, who started this tour with great ambitions. The Swiss fell to the ground. He was able to finish the first stage but lost a lot of time. Stüssi will attack again tomorrow for stage successes!

 

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-luxembourg/2020/stage-1

 

Stage overview:

15.09. Luxembourg – Luxembourg 133 km

16.09. Remich – Hesperange 164 km

17.09. Rosport – Schifflange 150 km

18.09. Rodange – Differdange 219 km

19.09. Mersch – Luxembourg 187 km

 

Race information: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-luxembourg/2020/overview

Organizer: https://www.skodatour.lu/

Numerous television stations report on this tour!

 

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Alexis Guerin, Johannes Schinnagel, Lukas Meiler, Raphael Kockelmann;

Daniel Federspiel strong fourth in top speed races in Braunau!

It was a real bike race today over 200 kilometers in France with well over 3000 meters in altitude. The 34th edition of the Tour du Doubs in the difficult terrain of the Jura Mountains from Morteau to Pontalier was also prominently attended by some World Tour teams (Groupama-FdJ, Total Direct Energie, Cofidis, AG2R La Mondial). Also many Pro Continental Teams.

Team Vorarlberg Santic and Arkea-Samsic turn the gas horn!

In the middle of the race, Arkea-Samsic and Team Vorarlberg Santic take over the reins of the race. They bring back the outliers before the final and wanted to make the final as difficult as possible. But the plan didn’t work out today.

Werner Salmen (Sports Director): “The guys drove really well today. They dared to take on responsibility in this field and wanted to make the race even more difficult in the final, as we had three trump cards with Guerin, Thalmann and Stüssi. Unfortunately, the last mountain wasn’t steep enough to make the final decision here. Thus the recognition of a more than active riding style remains without result. And yet the boys can be proud of their performance today! “

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-du-doubs/2020

Eurosport was also there on that day with a TV broadcast.

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Alexis Guerin, Johannes Schinnagel, Davide Orrico, Jack Burke;

 

Daniel Federspiel shines as the best Austrian at the Braunauer Radtage with fourth place!

The vice state champion showed his current good shape today with a very good fourth place in the road race over 130 kilometers. The fast race with an average of over 44 km / h was also determined by Dominik Amann. For a long time he was in the top group, which was placed shortly before the finish. Filippo Fortin (ITA / Felbermayr) wins ahead of Golekar (SLO) and Knauer (GER).

Result: https://www.computerauswert.at/veranstaltungen/2020/200906/20200906_Ranshofen_Strasse_Elite_U23.pdf

Thalmann with a great solo ride!

 

“Roli rolls!” Thalmann with violence!

Thalmann and Stüssi show dominance at the first mountain prize immediately after the start. Thalmann is second behind Koen Baumann (Jumbo Visma). Stüssi in fifth place. Thalmann extends and gets away alone. A long solo ride begins for Thalmann. He wins the following two sprint ratings. He also secured the next mountain classification after 107 kilometers. Three opponents close up from the field. In the final, Thalmann has to pay tribute to his efforts and falls behind.

 

Guerin full throttle into the top ten! Eighth place on stage – seventh place in the overall classification!

Alexis Guerin and Colin Stüssi make the final climb with the best of the overall ranking. Roland Thalmann fights, but falls behind. Guerin can brace himself against the World Tour riders in the long final ascent to Kekesteto and is an excellent stage seventh. Only 21 seconds behind stage winner Valter Attila (HUN / CCC Team). Second Simmons (USA / Trek-Segafredo), ahead of Howson (Mitchelton-Scott).

Alexis Guerin finishes this tour of Hungary on the brilliant seventh place overall among the World Tour teams.

 

Thalmann Top in Berg overall ranking – Stüssi has bad luck!

Roland Thalmann finished second in the overall climb standings – just barely enough for victory. Still a great job from the Swiss, as well as from Colin Stüssi. Until shortly before the final, but like yesterday, a defect today. A lot would have been possible for Stüssi today!

 

Overall, a great performance by the entire team. As one of the aggressive teams in the middle of the top World Tour Teams at the front!

 

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-hongrie/2020/stage-5

 

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;

 

Info: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-hongrie/2020/overview

Organizer: https://www.tourdehongrie.hu/en

 

Next race: Sunday, September 6th. Tour de Doubs (FRA) UCI ​​1.1

And Jakub Mareczko again! Tomorrow Granada will be playing for the overall standings on the difficult final stage of the Tour de Hongrie UCI 2.1!

Four out of six Team Vorarlberg Santic professionals (Thalmann, Guerin, Stüssi, Kuen) came today with the first group around the sprint winner Jakub Mareczko (ITA / CCC Team) to the finish in Kazincbarcika after 180 kilometers. At 1000 meters from the finish, another crash in the field, but this time fortunately without Vorarlberg participation. They deliberately held back today because Martin Meiler, the young and fast man was in the race, but had to let go just before the final. After his fall two days ago, everyone in the team was surprised at how confidently Meiler put it through.

Behind Mareczko, Liepins (LET / Trek-Segafredo) finished second, ahead of van der Poel (NED / Alpecin-Fenix).

Decision about overall victory on tomorrow’s final stage!

The decision in the overall standings will be made tomorrow on the final stage. It goes into the mountains including a final final ascent. Alexis Guerin, Roland Thalmann and Colin Stüssi want to seize the opportunity here. 3300 meters of altitude are waiting. They are all only 12 seconds behind in the overall ranking, as are 60 other professionals.

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-hongrie/2020/stage-4

 

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;

 

Info: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-hongrie/2020/overview

Organizer: https://www.tourdehongrie.hu/en