Only the experienced Pole Maciej Paterski (Wibatech) was stronger today than Team Vorarlberg Santic. In the heavy road race in Styria (Gratwein-Straßengel) over 185 kilometers, the two Swiss Colin Stüssi and Patrick Schelling took the ranks two and three.

Stüssi missed 20 seconds to first place. Schelling followed shortly thereafter. Maximilian Kuen fixes a super strong team result with sixth place and thus secures second place behind Stephan Rabitsch in the overall ranking of the Austrian League!

Victory in the team- and mountain classification!

The race was very busy internationally. Many World Championchips  participants from Yorkshire used this UCI race as a test! 15 nations from all over Europe at the start, but dominated over the entire race Thalmann u. Co. “Roli” the Team Vorarlberg Santic machine has been in the lead since the start of the race and wins the mountain classification. After his capture shortly before the final Colin Stüssi took over the scepter. He just had to bow to the Pole. Then Patrick Schelling. Strong also Lukas Meiler, who delivered a good job as 16th. With the victory in today’s team standings, the team is now already ranked second in the overall standings.

Three riders in the top six and 65 UCI points – good Sunday guys!

Roster Team Vorarlberg Santic: Patrick Schelling, Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Maximilian Kuen, Davide Orrico, Lukas Meiler, Larry Valvasori;

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com

In the difficult race in the Swiss Jura Mountains, Roland „Roli” Thalmann was unlucky with puncture in the first lap. At this time, twenty riders atacs. Thus without Thalmann. Colin Stüssi and Larry Valvasori were able to occupy this group.

Valvasori, the young Luxembourger, showed a spirited race after a long injury break (knee) but was unable to intervene in the race. Colin Stüssi presents himself in the current good shape and was always able to put the attacking professionals. The ex-team Vorarlberg Santic rider Lukas Ruegg (Swiss Cycling Academy) wins ahead of two Italians, Saroni and Petrucci (FDJ Groupama).

Colin Stüssi gets a strong sixth and is looking forward to his next race with his good shape. Roland Thalmann finishes as 16.

Squad Team Vorarlberg Santic: Dominik Amann, Martin Meiler, Daniel Knapp, Larry Valvasori, Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi;
Organisator: https://www.tourdujura.ch/index.php/infos-pratiques/tdj-2019

Next race: 15.09. Int. Straßenpreis Gratwein-Straßengl UCI 1.2 (AUT)

Team Captain Patrick Schelling with problems after crash!

After the big crash last Sunday at the race Croatia – Slovenia UCI 1.2 it was first time to provide wounds and a check in hospital. In addition to numerous skin abrasions and bruises (Stüssi, Orrico), team captain Patrick Schelling in addition to pain in the left knee.

“I am looking from day to day and hope that it will get better soon. It just went stupid, even though we were perfectly positioned. Any other riders is quite over-motivated when it comes to the final. Then it also likes to pop in the front!” says Patrick Schelling confidently

Tour du Jura – the next home race for the Swiss Guard!

During Europe’s biggest bike show „Eurobike“ in Friedrichshafen open the doors tomorrow, the team is on duty at the Tour du Jura in Switzerland this weekend. The undulating terrain should be tailor-made for the “hosts” Colin Stüssi and Roland Thalmann.

Squad Team Vorarlberg Santic: Dominik Amann, Martin Meiler, Daniel Knapp, Larry Valvasori, Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi;

Organisator: https://www.tourdujura.ch/index.php/infos-pratiques/tdj-2019

Schelling, Stüssi and Orrico out after a crash in final!

Everything was perfectly prepared for a major attack on the last climb before the finish in Nove Mesto (SLO). Team Vorarlberg Santic dominated the race over 181 kilometers from the start. Roland Thalmann, the strong suisse rider, was able to catch up to four outliers and was 100 kilometers in the group of the day. Although this was provided, but the Cracks from the Vorarlberg Santic Team had prepared everything and were pro active at the front.                                                                             

Crazy – Schelling, Stüssi and Orrico are just cleared away!

Ranked in front on position ten, as it usually crashes in the back, then Patrick Schelling, Colin Stüssi and Davide Orrico are crahed by any riders from behind. Everyone goes to the road and has to let everyone else go. Schelling’s helmet breaks down, but luck in bad luck – all three professionals dont had broken anything (skin abrasions, bruises, …).

Thalmann with strength act still in seventh place!

Although Thalmann was in the lead all day, he still managed to sprint to seventh place. Winner was Marko Kump (SLO/Adria Mobil). Lukas Meiler is 15th, Maximilian Kuen who is 18th. Too bad, because today a podium would have been as fixed as Amen in prayer

Roster Team Vorarlberg Santic: Patrick Schelling, Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Maximilian Kuen, Davide Orrico, Lukas Meiler;

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/1st-ljubljana-zagreb/2019

Diaz Gallego grabs the general mountain jersey – Stüssi finishes with sixth stage place! Youngsters rock at the Salzburg Ring!

Today’s last stage in Czech from Mohelnice to Sternberk over 178 kilometers was the stage where there was something else to do. One of a few teams where they dared was once again Team Vorarlberg Santic. The “big teams” of Mitchelton-Scott and BORA-hansgrohe were doomed to scrutinize – and did!

Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego grabs mountain jersey – Colin Stüssi great sixth in Sternbeck!
The young Spanish Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego was chosen to occupy the first group. And lo and behold – he set off. Diaz picks up almost all the mountain points on the difficult stage and crowns himself mountain king of the Czech Tour 2019.
The small group was indeed put back. But in the final, the Vorarlbergers are also fighting! Mitchelton-Sott is playing the game and landing a double win by Lucas Hamilton and Darey Impey. Colin Stüssi is an excellent stage place sixth – Roland Thalmann top with 12th place.

Thalmann, Stüssi and Schelling bring UCI points – Team Vorarlberg Santic third best team!
This year’s Czech Tour wins Darey Impey (RSA / Mitchelton-Scott). Three Team Vorarlberg Santic riders are in the top 20 and get the UCI points (Thalmann 11th, Stüssi 15th and Schelling 18th). Behind the two teams of Mitchelton-Scott and Elkov-author this same highly categorized tour we finished the Tour of Austria in third place – great job guys!

Team Vorarlberg Santic: Patrick Schelling, Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Maximilian Kuen, Davide Orrico, Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego, Jannik Steimle;

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/czech-cycling-tour/2019/stage-4
Organizer: http://www.czechcyclingtour.cz/zavody/czech-cycling-tour/

Youngsters strong at the Salzburg Ring (AUT) – Daniel Knapp and Dominik Amann in Top Ten!
Strong today the young delegation of the Team Vorarlberg Santic. At the first edition of the BORA-hansgrohe Cup on the Salzburg Ring, the Tyrolean Daniel Knapp will be the best sixth. The Vorarlberg Dominik Amann will be great ninth. Knapp and Amann were in the lead in the fast race on the ring and were able to rock a really cool final. Martin Meiler is third in the sprint of the field and overall 23. Well done guys.

Team Vorarlberg Santic: Dominik Amann, Martin Meiler, Lukas Meiler, Larry Valvasori;

Result: https://my5.raceresult.com/

Colin Stüssi finishes 11th after a hard rain stage!

After the excellent start and fifth place in the team time trial last night in Ostrava, today the second stage from Olomouc to Fridek-Mystek over 186 kilometers. After the breakaways group was blown for mass sprint. Almost the whole day rain and thus a “hot” finale.

Steimle just passes the podium!
Six Team Vorarlberg Santic professionals come with the first big group to the last 3000 meters and can position Steimle very well. Steimle hesitates a bit too much in the hectic finale. However, he pushes up to sixth place in the sprint – only a short distance away on the podium.

Australian Shane Achbold (BORA-hansgrohe) wins ahead of South African Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) and Erik Baska (SVK / BORA-hansgrohe). Colin Stüssi ride also a good finale with place eleventh!

The overall ranking will be made tomorrow and sunday. Here Schelling, Thalmann and Co. want to attack again against the big names.
Tomorrow’s third stage will take us from Olomouc to Unicov (175 km).

Squad Team Vorarlberg Santic: Patrick Schelling, Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Maximilian Kuen, Davide Orrico, Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego, Jannik Steimle;

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/czech-cycling-tour/2019/stage-2
Organizer: http://www.czechcyclingtour.cz/zavody/czech-cycling-tour/

134 starters and as in previous years many good teams in the Czech Republic tour. At the start also the World Tour teams of BORA-hansgrohe (Großschartner) and Mitchelton-Scott (Impey), as well as Gazprom Rusvelo (Arslanov), Nero Sottoli (Visconti), Vini Fantini (Cima), and Team Vorarlberg Santic!

Team Vorarlberg Santic entered the team time trial with the first row today. Schelling, Thalmann, Steimle, Diaz and Co. want to deliver a strong performance on this UCI 2.1 stage race.

Today the first stage in Ostrava with a team time trial over 16 kilometers. Team Vorarlberg Santic ride a strong race and finished fifth. Beaten only by the teams Mitchelton-Scott, Elkov-Author, BORA-hansgrohe and the Team CCC.

Tomorrow Stage 2 from Olomouc to Frydek-Mistek (186 Km).

Squad Team Vorarlberg Santic: Patrick Schelling, Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Maximilian Kuen, Davide Orrico, Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego, Jannik Steimle;

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/czech-cycling-tour/2019/stage-1
Organizer: http://www.czechcyclingtour.cz/zavody/czech-cycling-tour/
Startlist: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/czech-cycling-tour/2019/stage-1/startlist

Team Vorarlberg Santic Profi Jannik Steimle from September Stagiaire at the best team in the world “Deceuninck-Quick Step”!

It was not the big surprise when Jannik Steimle asked the team management for the release for a stagiaire place. The six UCI victories this year, as well as the very strong performance at the Tour of Austria made the way clear!

The fact that it is then enough for a “test rider” place in the currently best team in the world, underlines the possibilities and potential of the 23-year-old German. He will race shoulder to shoulder with Tour de France star Julian Alaphilippe from 1st September until the end of the season.

Jannik Steimle has been a professional with Team Vorarlberg Santic since 2018 and has made excellent progress. The entire team wishes Jannik much success and luck for the rest of the season – thumbs up!

Jannik on the current situation:
“Thank you all for making this step possible. Without Team Vorarlberg Santic I would not be where I am now. The team always believed in me and gave me the opportunities. Especially with our sports director Werner Salmen I had many intense discussions. He also put me in the right direction, but I trusted him and 99% of our plans almost always worked out. The other riders and the team in the background did a great job as well. I’m just thankful for that. The Tour of Austria was like a dream for me, what the team did this week was incredible. Now to get a chance at Deceuninck-Quick Step to prove myself is fantastic.
For this I will put a lot of emphasis this year to celebrate a successful end of the season with the whole team until the end of August!
The team Vorarlberg Santic that is actually a team family – that’s why I just want to say THANK YOU!”

Results and Informations Jannik Steimle: https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider.php?id=196961

Weiter im Rennprogramm für das Team Vorarlberg Santic!
10.08. Int. Kriterium in Hohenems (AUT)
15. – 18.08. Czech Cycling Tour UCI 2.1 (CZE)

Daniel Federspiel sprints at the Int. Criterion in St. Anton am Arlberg on rank 2!

Yesterday`s fourth and final stage of the 16th Tour Alsace (France) from Ottmarsheim to Dannemarie over 158.6km was another matter for the sprinters. With an hourly average of over 48 km / h, the race calmed down and a top group was able to settle which was set only five kilometers from the field again.

In the last sprint of this five-day tour in Alsace, Jannik Steimle finished in 14th place as best team Vorarlberg Santic rider.

Roland Thalmann in seventh place overall!
In the overall classement Roland Thalmann finished as a strong seventh, 47 seconds behind the winner Thomas Pidcock (GBR / Team Wiggins), former Cycle Cross U23 World Champion!

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-alsace/2019/gc

Roster: Roland Thalmann, Patrick Schelling, Davide Orrico, Lukas Meiler, Jannik Steimle, Maximilian Kuen;
Website: www.touralsace.fr/

Team Vorarlberg Santic “Cool man” Daniel Federspiel sprints at the Int. Criterion in St. Anton am Arlberg on rank 2!
It was a great show in front of many thousands of spectators. In the narrow streets in the ski resort of St. Anton am Arlberg in Austria, the race was super attractive. Daniel Federspiel had to defeat the winner Matthias Krizek (AUT) in the final sprint only a few centimeters.
The race was also broadcast live!

Next races:
10.08. Int. Criterion in Hohenems (Austria)
15.-18. 08. Czech Cycling Tour UCI 2.1 (Czech Republic)

Today’s second stage in France from Vesoul to La Planche des Belles Filles over 143 kilometers showed a first sampling of the overall standings. After catching the lead, Davide “Bomber” Orrico attacks shortly before the finish. He storms solo towards the finish. But he is also overtaken by other riders.

Stage winner today Thomas Pidcock (GBR / Team Wiggins) ahead of Alexander Evans (AUS / SEG Racing). Already on the excellent seventh place of the Swiss Roland Thalmann!

Tomorrow we go to heaven! The third stage are the absolute king stage over 161 kilometers and almost 4972 (!) altitude difference! It says again “all in” for the overall ranking!

Resultat: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-alsace/2019/stage-2

31.07. Prologue – Sausheim › Sausheim (4.5k)
01.08. Stage 1 – Sélestat › Sélestat (153.4k)
02.08. Stage 2 – Vesoul › La Planche des Belles Filles (143.1k)
03.08. Stage 3 – Ribeauvillé › Station du Lac Blanc (161.3k)
04.08. Stage 4 – Ottmarsheim › Dannemarie (158.6k)

Roster: Roland Thalmann, Patrick Schelling, Davide Orrico, Lukas Meiler, Jannik Steimle, Maximilian Kuen
Website: www.touralsace.fr/