Only Giovanni Visconti foiled Team Vorarlberg Santic victory in Frohnleiten by Colin Stüssi on ultra hard third stage of the 71st Int. Austria Tour UCI 2.1!
After Roland Thalmann had to end the tour due to severe stomach problems, the men around Tour Leader Jannik Steimle started the supposed royal stage from Kirchschlag to Frohnleiten (176 KM / 3752 meters altitude difference) decimated by personnel. There it played fireworks today! The World Tour teams Movistar, Dimension Data and Team CCC crushed the field step by step.
Team Captain Patrick Schelling can hold against!
At the last rough ascent to the Teichalm at 1250 meters there are only 13 riders at the top. Patrick Schelling was the only driver of a Continental team to be able to ride with the favourites. In the downhill, drivers keep rolling up.
Five Team Vorarlberg Santic riders in the first group!
In the final almost fifty riders will compete in the sprint – including five (!) riders from Team Vorarlberg Santic. Colin Stüssi sprints against a great backdrop to the brilliant second place – beaten only by “old master” Giovanni Visconti (ITA-Neri Sottoli Selle Italia). The next podium – simply incredible!
Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego finishes eleventh. Daniel Geismayr becomes (18.), Patrick Schelling (27.), Gordian Banzer (45.). As expected, Jannik Steimle handed over the jersey to the mountain fraction and today he did important team work like all Vorarlberg professionals!
Jonas Koch (CCC Team) leads ahead of Glockner stage – Colin Stüssi in sixth place overall!
The German Jonas Koch (today third) from Riccardo Zoidl’s team takes the lead in the overall standings before the stage up to Fuscherthörl. Colin Stüssi ranks sixth with a gap of eight seconds. Patrick Schelling is 13th at the same time as Zoidl!
No good news for breakfast – Roland Thalmann has to finish Ö-Tour!
The Swiss overall ninth of this year’s Tour of the Alps had to throw up several times during the night and complained of severe nausea and dizziness in the morning. With a heavy heart he decided to quit the tour. Too bad for him and the team – a trump card that you can play. Get well soon to the address of “Roli”!
The monument “Großglockner” is waiting!
After the morning transfer in the Arlberg Express Bus from Rene Hanisch in Styria to the starting point Radstadt, the program continues. The first mountain arrival of this tour leads over 103 kilometres and 3300 altitude metres over the Dientner Sattel up to the Fuscher Thörl am Großglockner. After today’s hammer stage, the “Glocknerkönig” at an altitude of 2500 metres will also have an important word to say about the overall victory!
July 7th Grießkirchen – Freistadt 138 Km – 2147 HM
8. July Zwettl – Wr. Neustadt 177 Km – 2291 HM
9 July Cherry chop – Frohnleiten 176 Km – 3752 HM
10. July Radstadt – Großglockner 103 Km – 3253 HM
11. July Bruck – Kitzbühel 162 Km – 2619 HM
July 12th Kitzbühel – Kitzbüheler Horn 117 Km – 2215 HM
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Squad: Daniel Geismayr, Patrick Schelling, Gordian Banzer, Colin Stüssi, Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego, Jannik Steimle, (Roland Thalmann – task after illness)
A terrific evening. From our point of view, this is probably the best way to describe yesterday’s team presentation at Autohaus Niederhofer in Lauterach. Enthusiastic fans, impressed sponsors and an extremely interested press visited this event.
Here is a gallery with the impressions of yesterday evening.
21 years of Team Vorarlberg – that alone would be reason enough to pop the corks. But what we are really proud of: Our team has finally arrived in the 21st century. The main indication of this is our new media orientation. With an even more concise social media appearance, digital reports directly from the race and regular video clips, we have tackled the stage into the digital age. – Thomas Kofler
Team Vorarlberg Santic sign with climbing specialist Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego from Spain!
From the strong Pro Continental team Israel Cycling Academy to the team Vorarlberg Santic changes the young, mountain specialist Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego (23).
“After Victor de la Parte and Fran Zuritta, we now offer Jose as a further Spaniard the chance in the team. The southerners always bring some laxity into the team. That never hurts, especially since he can look back on two years Pro Continental, is super motivated and would like to start and win with us! “
said Thomas Kofler – Team Manager
Thus, the personnel planning should be completed. 15 riders will tackle the season and are already highly motivated.
Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego on his move:
“I am very happy to be part of this team and I do not just want to be a solid driver. I would like to win some races of the very good racing calendar of the team. I am also sure that I will be a good worker for my teammates. I am a climber in terms of the characteristics and keep the overview when it comes to the final. I want to bring that to the team in 2019!“
Results from Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego: https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider.php?id=188233
Press service Team Vorarlberg Santic