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 Team Vorarlberg pros are working hard for the start of the season – Presentation of Team Jersey 2022

 The start of this year’s cycling season is approaching in big steps. The Team Vorarlberg cracks are toiling away in all corners of the world, or at home, for their form and their goals.

Linus Stari (AUT): “After three weeks of training in Mallorca in December, I am currently in Gran Canaria. Together with teammate Dominik Amann (AUT) we are now gradually increasing the intensity of the training. Towards the start of the season we are doing more interval and threshold training. At home there will be a few more ski tours. I’m already looking forward to the team training camp and the first races on Rhodes in March!”

Team newcomer Matthias Reutimann (SUI) are preparing in warmer climes on the Ligurian coast. “In addition to many hours of classic training on the road bike, I do daily running sessions and core training. The pleasant climate makes preparation easier and really spurs me on. My motivation has never been higher than now going into the races with Team Vorarlberg!”

Bad luck and good fortune for Alexis Guerin – Riccardo Zoidl takes advantage of the weather back home!

Luck in misfortune for Alexis Guerin (FRA). He is hit head-on by a car in a traffic circle during training in France, and had to let the bruises on his feet and hands heal for a few days. “I was just very lucky, it could have ended very bitterly!”

Riccardo Zoidl (AUT), one of the team leaders is preparing at home in Upper Austria and takes advantage of the good weather for a varied training. Zoidl in a nutshell: “I’m on target!”

Presentation team jersey 2022 with focus on durability, safety and style

Thanks to the strong partners, Ricci Zoidl, Roli Thalmann and Co. will once again be on the starting line at the season opener in Rhodes at the beginning of March as if from the same mold. As already in the past year the team Vorarlberg may trust again in the great quality of the Dutch company AGU. AGU has also been equipping the World Tour Team Jumbo-Visma for several years.

Team manager Thomas Kofler: “It is a great concern for us to thank our loyal and new sponsors for the cooperation. We are now entering season number 24. We are looking positively ahead and will give everything – for success and above all for the passion of cycling fast!”

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Line-up for 2022 complete with three newcomers! Riccardo Zoidl with high ambitions into the west of Austria – Dynamic Swiss duo Lukas Rüegg and Matthias Reutimann complete Team Vorarlberg!

Nine riders have recently renewed their contracts for the upcoming 24th season of Team Vorarlberg. Three newcomers will now complete the team. As already announced a few weeks ago, the Austrian veteran Riccardo Zoidl (Upper Austria) will lace up his racing shoes for Team Vorarlberg in the future. With the two Swiss riders Matthias Reutimann and Lukas Rüegg, the team will get high-quality backup for the upcoming season. Lukas Rüegg was already part of the team in 2018.

 

Riccardo Zoidl (33/AUT):

From Team Felbermayr-Wels, the transfer has been fixed. As one of the most successful Austrian cyclists, Riccardo “Ricci” Zoidl can look back on many great successes, both nationally and internationally. With his experience from the World Tour, he enriches Team Vorarlberg both athletically and personally. Together with Alexis Guerin (FRA) and Roland Thalmann (SUI), there could be several options in various races.

Riccardo Zoidl (procyclingstats.com)

 

Matthias Reutimann (27/SUI):

From neighboring Switzerland, Reutimann transfers to Vorarlberg from the Swiss Cycling Academy. The 27-year-old sees his strengths in being able to position the team well in important situations and wants to contribute significantly to its success with long escape attempts.

“I am looking forward to a race full calendar. I want to outgrow myself with an excellent team, then we will see what else is still possible,” said Reutimann.

Mathias Reutimann (procyclingstats.com)

 

Lukas Rüegg (25/SUI):

The likeable Swiss was already with Team Vorarlberg in 2018 and will start again in the Vorarlberg jersey after three seasons with Swiss Racing Academy. The 27-year-old showed strong performances in the 2021 season with fifth place in the Tour de la Mirabell and seventh place in the Tour de Bretagne Cycliste.

Rüegg: “It’s nice to be part of the team again. My ambition is to support the team to continue to be successful. Of course, it is also my goal to win a race myself. A broad-based squad and the team strength appeal to me and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season.”

Lukas Ruegg (procyclingstats.com)

 

Sports director Werner Salmen: “A broader team means more individual responsibility!”

Werner Salmen: “With the new riders, the team is even better positioned across the board than last season. In return, the team has to take on even more responsibility. The leaders Thalmann and Guerin have stayed and with the addition of Zoidl, all three of whom have not yet reached their peak, there are more tactical possibilities in the mountainous races, especially in the tours. With the other newcomers and desired candidates Rüegg and Reutimann, the team will grow stronger, both personally and in terms of performance level, and can decide races on undulating profiles themselves.”

 

Team Vorarlberg 2022 line-up:

Dominik Amann, Linus Stari, Nikolas Riegler, Daniel Ganahl, Riccardo Zoidl (all AUT), Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Matthias Reutimann, Lukas Rüegg (all SUI), Lukas Meiler, Martin Meiler (all GER), Alexis Guerin (FRA)

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 Team Vorarlberg is getting ready for the coming season! Nine riders around captains Alexis Guerin and Roland Thalmann extend their contracts for 2022!

 For next year’s rider line-up, nine Team Vorarlberg riders are extending their contracts. Three new professionals will be presented in the coming days. They complete the current squad for 2022 to one of the strongest Continental teams in the German-speaking region.

The team performed very well in the past season, both nationally and internationally, and is ready for further victories and top results on all terrains with the 2022 line-up.

 Captains Roland Thalmann and Alexis Guerin remain in Team Vorarlberg!

The victorious Frenchman Alexis Guerin, who was super strong last season, is still on board and is entering his third season with the Vorarlberg team. The experienced cyclist and team captain Roland Thalmann (SUI) and his compatriot Colin Stüssi are also in the line-up. The brothers Martin and Lukas Meiler (GER) will continue to prove their talents, as will youngster Nikolas Riegler from Lower Austria, but with a second home in Gargellen. Fortunately, the three Vorarlbergers Linus Stari, Daniel Ganahl and Dominik Amann (all AUT) will be back. All three young professionals were able to make a visible leap in performance in 2021 and will continue to work eagerly on their careers in 2022.

 Team Manager Thomas Kofler on the 2022 squad: “We have reduced the number of riders in the squad, but we have been able to increase the quality once again. The fact that all riders wanted to stay in the team reflects the work done behind and within our team. We have managed to keep all the top performers in the team and also to select the new signings (note: to be announced shortly) in such a way that we can, and will, perform as a unit right from the start of the 2022 season!”

 Riders leaving the team: Adria Moreno (Pro Continental Team Burgos-BH), Filippo Fortin (Maloja Pushbikers), Felix Meo (Maloja Pushbikers), Johannes Schinnagel (unknown), Markus Wildauer (cycling career over), Maximilian Kuen (cycling career over).

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Photo credit cover: Dragos Dumitru

Season review 2021 – Team Vorarlberg as successful as ever in the 23rd year and always ready for new challenges!

With the Tour de Vendée in France, Team Vorarlberg ended a very varied but consistently successful season on October 9th. The predictions at the start of the new racing season were not exactly easy. Numerous ambiguities and question marks were reflected not only in the race calendar, but also in terms of material, due to the Corona Pandemic.

And yet, in retrospect, the high level of commitment shown by the team office, the sporting management and the technical department of the professional team, made a real difference. In times like these, it is outstanding for a team to be at the start at more than 100, consistently high-quality race days, at such a high standard.

The large squad of 17 riders was presented to the public in February. Daniel Federspiel made a strong start with a gold medal at the national championships in cyclo-cross in mid-January. Werner Salmen, the team’s sports director, spoke of a broad-based squad. This was already evident at the start of the season with Filippo Fortin’s stage win in the second stage of the Istria Spring Trophy UCI 2.2 in Croatia.

 

New races in the program!

Overall, it was a very varied year with a state number of new engagements in various countries. New in the program among others the Sibiu Cycling Tour UCI 2.1, Tour de la Mirabelle (FRA) UCI 2.2, Cro Race Croatia Tour UCI 2.1, Mercan Tour Classic (FRA) UCI 1.1, etc..

In sports one is not only measured by successes, but also by the entire appearance of the team as such – this in responsibility for the partners and sponsors of each team. Team Vorarlberg has been very consistent in international professional cycling for many years. Austria’s most successful team in the UCI world rankings is accompanied by a staff of proffessionals throughout the year. The material and equipment partners guarantee a uniform and consistent image.

Parallel to this, active press and marketing work is being made, in order to convey important values to the public and the supporters, in addition to the successes and results.

True to the claim: “Service is our success!”

 

Team Vorarlberg – quite a challenging opponent!

Coupled with the results in high-profile races against the “big” World Tour Teams, the highest category in bike racing. Yes – Team Vorarlberg may not always be seen at the start by many of these teams, because Guerin, Thalmann, Meiler & Co. are known not to wait for an attack from the competition. They usually go on the offensive themselves. A recipe for success for many years of the “Squadra” from Rankweil.

The accompanying issues surrounding the Corona pandemic were certainly difficult and, above all, new for all teams. Non-stop testing, the sheer unbelievable bureaucracy, everything new to the professional circus – one could gladly do without. For the UCI Continental teams, this is an enormous challenge. This will remain for the teams in the future, it seems. But still – we were allowed to practice our sport almost continuously.

With Alexis Guerin and Roland Thalmann, we had two real guarantors of success in the ranks in 2021. Guerin won four UCI races and was one of the most successful professionals in France. Thalmann was called up to the Swiss national team several times, including for the Tour de Suisse. From the Numerous top results shines especially the overall victory of Guerin at the Int. Oberösterreich Rundfahrt. He prevailed after a gripping final against Riccardo Zoidl, who himself will fight for victories in 2022 in the Vorarlberg jersey. Likewise the prestigious team appearance at the Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc UCI 2.2, with the stage victory at La Toussuire, as well as second place overall by Guerin.

 

Unity = TEAM Vorarlberg!

Team Vorarlberg also had to accept numerous setbacks during the season – some of them due to serious crashes. These are part of bike racing every year, but have recently been fueled more by the switch to disc brakes.

Especially at the big tours, which were all occupied by World Tour teams and Pro Continental teams, Team Vorarlberg showed their passion for the sport again and again. On Eurosport, as well as other TV and Internet platforms, the presenters very often mentioned and highlighted the team as they raced. The decisive factor is the team unity on the one hand and the attractive, aggressive riding style and high-quality materials from partners on the other. A not insignificant factor, in order to not only be able to finish races successfully, but above all to ride safely!

 

Race Around Austria 2021 – Team Vorarlberg with new course record and victory at the toughest individual time trial in Europe!

Unbelievable 2 days 12 hours 20 minutes – this is the new record, which has to be beaten by the competition in the coming years. Never before has anyone ridden a bike non-stop faster around the outer border of Austria! The young Team Vorarlberg 4-person setup with Daniel Ganahl, Maximilian Kuen, Nikolas Riegler and guest rider Peter Inauen not only rocked this extreme challenge as a sporting tour de force, but also with top support in the background. Like clockwork they reeled off the 2,200 kilometers and 30,000 meters of altitude. In the end, an hourly average of 35.94 km/h stands in the history books of the RAA! Another sporting milestone in the team’s history.

 

Record-breaking GP Vorarlberg 2021!

As host and organizer of the 10th GP Vorarlberg in Nenzing, Pro Event Cycling Sports GmbH was responsible from the beginning. Never before has the field of participants been as large as at this years event. 300 (!!) registrations in the elite class – 196 starters were admitted. Team Vorarlberg dominated the race with the Devo Team from Jumbo-Visma, but finally had to concede victory to the Dutch.

 

Ambitious season finale in Croatia!

With great joy the team accepted the invitation to the “Cro Race” UCI 2.1 in October to compete against Jumbo-Visma, Bahrain-Victorios, Bike-Exchange and Israel-Startup. This year’s Tour of Croatia was broadcast live for six days on Eurosport. Constantly in the picture the riders of Team Vorarlberg. Rank four in the overall team standings; ranks seven (Thalmann), as well as ten (Guerin) are self-evident. In the final standings, by far the strongest Continental team in the Tour.

 

The highlights of the 2021 season in the rearview mirror!

  • 1st place Austrian National Cross Country Championship
  • 14 victories
  • 11 x rank 2
  • 9 x rank 3
  • Numerous podium places in special classifications (mountain, sprint, team)
  • 498 UCI points
  • 12th overall place annual ranking UCI Europe Tour
  • 15th overall place annual ranking UCI Continental Tour (180 teams)
  • Numerous top ten placements

Team Vorarlberg Facts

  • 1999 Foundation 
  • 17 riders
  • 14 staff / helpers
  • Status UCI World Federation “UCI Continental Europe Tour”
  • Most successful team in Austria in the UCI World Rankings

Finally and to sum it up – a great and “prestigious” season for Team Vorarlberg!

 

“SPONSORING Team Vorarlberg” a successful investment!

Team Vorarlberg is grateful and equally proud of their partners! Numerous sponsers have been on board for many years now. During this time many sporty heights and depths were overcome. In the foreground for us are above all the important basic values of mutual appreciation and the successful “togetherness”.

 

A heartfelt “THANK YOU” to the entire TEAM VORARLBERG!

This does not only include the professionals. The most successful Austrian equipe can rely on a great support crew, including the office. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU for the commitment!

 

Team Vorarlberg 2022 – going strong like never before to the tours?

Currently we are working very intensively on the final setup of the squad. And yes – with Riccardo Zoidl, a long-time, Austrian dream rider signed up for 2022. The strong core of the team is to be kept. Team Vorarlberg will most definitely be ready for great sporting challenges in the coming season.

The entire team would like to thank the press and media for their coverage of the past season. Equally to all partners and sponsors, as well as all supporters around the team.

“Keep on riding!”

 

Alexis Guerin after finish line © R. Eisenbauer
Roland Thalmann and Alexis Guerin laying after race victory ©Grimm
Colin Stüssi after climbing ©Maurice Kloetzlen
Crash – a part of the game ©Maurice Kloetzlen
Adria Moreno goint into curve © R.Eisenbauer

 

Top Transfer! Riccardo Zoidl changes with great ambitions to Team Vorarlberg!

 

The 33-year-old Upper Austrian will put on the jersey of Team Vorarlberg next year! It will be his fourth stop as a professional. Eleven years he was under contract with Team Felbermayr-Simplon Wels. For four years he was under contract in the World Tour (2014-2016 with Trek-Segafredo / 2019 with the CCC team).

 

In his meanwhile already very long career, “Ricci” can look back on numerous, great successes as one of the most successful Austrian professional cyclists. In 2013 he won the overall classification of the Int. Austria Cycling Tour. He triumphed in numerous tours (Czech Cycling Tour, Le Tour Savoie Mont Blanc, Tour de Bretagne), as well as in numerous one-day races on national, and especially on international terrain.

 

The two-time national road champion has not had enough by a long shot!

“I’m already looking forward to the next season with Team Vorarlberg. After many years in Wels, it was now time for me to tackle something new. The organization or approach in Vorarlberg is unique in Austria. They know what cycling all is about. We have a really strong team for next year, especially in the difficult tours. I am super motivated and looking forward to the start!” says Riccardo Zoidl.

 

Thomas Kofler – Team Manager: “Riccardo has been an absolute dream rider for many years. He is one of the best professionals in Austria and still has ambitious sporting goals, which coincide with our plans. Racing against him was always very special and not easy. Now he is in our ranks. This motivates us even more in the winter months to prepare the 2022 season!”

 

CV and results: https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/riccardo-zoidl

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zoidlricci

Team Vorarlberg finishes season at autumn classic Tour de Vendée UCI 1.1 in France – Alexis Guerin with strong performance at last season’s race!

 

A very long and demanding race over 199.8 km from Les Herbiers to La Roche-sur-Yon was on the daily programme of the Team Vorarlberg pros at the end of the season.

 

It was the predicted elimination race. At race kilometre 110, the eight-man leading group was caught up by about 25 riders. Among the group was Alexis Guerin, the only Continental Team rider among all the World Tour riders.

 

Alexis Guerin with top placement at the season finale!

The sprint of one of the bigger groups was won by Dutchman Bram Welten (Team Arkéa Samsic) ahead of Spaniard Eduard Prades (DELKO) and Austrian Sebastian Schönberger (B&B Hotels p/b KTM).

 

Alexis Guerin finished in 16th place, the same time as the day’s winner. Roland Thalmann, Daniel Ganahl and Antoine Aebi finish with the next bigger group.

 

Squad: Daniel Ganahl, Linus Stari, Alexis Guerin, Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Antoine Aebi, Antoine Debons (sick)

 

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-vendee/2021/result

Organizer: https://www.tourdevendee.fr/

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Team Vorarlberg at 71st edition Paris – Bourges UCI 1.1 not in the top field – Youngsters Stari and Ganahl convince with strong performance

After the impressive performance of the team at the Tour of Croatia UCI 2.1 last week, today was the second last race day in the 2021 calendar. The 71st edition of Paris – Bourges UCI 1.1 over 198 kilometers was peppered with big names (Jasper Stuyven, Pascal Ackermann, Arnaud Demare, Nacer Bouhanni, Bob Jungels, Bryan Coquard, and many more…).

The course of the race would have been different, but cycling is not a concert of wishes. Debons gives up weakened and starts the journey home with flu symptoms. Thalmann falls, Stüssi also does not finish.

Stari and Ganahl get motivation for the winter!

And still – today especially the Youngesters were convincing. Besides Guerin and Aebi, the two young Vorarlberg neo-pros Linus Stari and Daniel Ganahl showed a really strong race and finished after 4h 20min at the same time as the sprint winner Jordi Meuus (BEL/Bora-Hansgrohe). In the sprint the two could not do anything big (38th Stari, 55th Ganahl), but Werner Salmen the sportive director was more than happy about this performance!

The last race of the season will take place on Saturday at the Tour de Vendee UCI 1.1!

Squad: Daniel Ganahl, Linus Stari, Alexis Guerin, Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Antoine Debons, Antoine Aebi

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/paris-bourges/2021/result

Organizer: http://www.parisbourges.fr/

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Team Vorarlberg with sensational team performance at the CRO Race UCI 2.1! Two top ten placings in the general classification!

The sixth and last stage of the CRO Race over 156.5 km from Samobor to Zagreb could be completed today in best outside conditions.

At the beginning of the race, a leading group with Maximilian Kuen (Team Vorarlberg) was able to break away from the rest of the field. Max was able to collect some sprint and mountain classification points.

Before the last climb, the leading group was caught by the peloton and the cards were reshuffled.

 

Sensational fourth place overall in the team classification of the Tour! Roland Thalmann and Alexis Guerin in the top ten in the general classification!

The sprint of the day is won by Dutchman Tim van Dijke (Jumbo-Visma) ahead of Stephen Williams (Bahrain – Victorious) and Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team). Roland Thalmann comes in an excellent eleventh place.

In the general classification, Roland Thalmann and Alexis Guerin placed eighth and tenth.

In the midst of the World Tour teams, the Ländle Equipe placed fourth.

  1. Bahrain – Victorious
  2. Team BikeExchange
  3. Team Jumbo-Visma
  4. Team Vorarlberg

 

Stage overview

28/09 Stage 1 | Osijek – Varaždin (237k)

29/09 Stage 2 | Slunj – Otočac (187k)

30/09 Stage 3 | Primošten – Makarska(167k)

01/10 Stage 4 | Zadar – Crikvenica (197k)

02/10 Stage 5 | Rabac/Labin – Opatija (137.5k)

03/10 Stage 6 | Samobor – Zagreb (156.5k)

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

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-croatia/2021/stage-6

Organizer: www.crorace.com

Next week, the season will end in France once again. Two autumn classics are on the programme.

Next race:           07.10.2021 Paris – Bourges UCI 1.1 // www.parisbourges.fr

                               09.10.2021 Tour de Vendée UCI 1.1 // www.tourdevendee.fr

Another top ten finish for Alexis Guerin (5th) and Roland Thalmann (8th) in the CRO Race UCI 2.1!

Today’s fifth stage from Rabac/Labin to Opatija over 137.5 km was the queen stage of the six-day tour in Croatia. Five mountain classifications of different categories were on the programme.

At the beginning of the second and longest climb of the day, the peloton was selected and the climbers and classification riders were among themselves. The two Team Vorarlberg pros Alexis Guerin and Roland Thalmann were in this group.

 

In the team ranking, Team Vorarlberg is in second place behind Bahrain – Victorious!

On the final climb of the day, eventual winner Stephen Williams (Bahrain – Victorious) broke away from the group to win by 10 seconds from Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) and Mick van Dijke (Team Jumbo-Visma).

Alexis Guerin and Roland Thalmann cross the finish line in fifth and eighth place in the day’s classification. Lukas Meiler crosses the finish line with the next larger group.

In the team ranking, Team Vorarlberg is in a sensational second place behind the World Tour team Bahrain – Victorious.

 Overall and as a team, a super strong season finale – that makes you want more!

Stage overview

28/09 Stage 1 | Osijek – Varaždin (237k)

29/09 Stage 2 | Slunj – Otočac (187k)

30/09 Stage 3 | Primošten – Makarska(167k)

01/10 Stage 4 | Zadar – Crikvenica (197k)

02/10 Stage 5 | Rabac/Labin – Opatija (137.5k)

03/10 Stage 6 | Samobor – Zagreb (156.5k)

 

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

Result:

Organizer: www.crorace.com

Copyright photos Team Vorarlberg  / KL Photos

 Roland Thalmann crashes in the final of the fourth stage at the Crorace – Felix Meo shows fighting spirit on the Adriatic coast!

Also today the similar game in Croatia in dream weather. The leading group is put before the finish. But today the New Zealander Felix Meo of Team Vorarlberg was in this top group on the fourth stage over 197 km from Zadar to Crikvenica. So Kuen and his other teammates didn’t have to plow as they did the first days.

In the very angular and also quite dangerous finale a Uno-X pro goes down. Just behind him also Roland Thalmann was hit in a very good position. So no top placing was possible today. Stüssi also had bad luck. He had to repair a damage one kilometer before the finish and loses time for the overall ranking. But tomorrow goes on more undulating terrain – just to the taste of Guerin and Thalmann!

Stage winner today again Olav Kooij (NED/Jumbo-Visma) ahead of Kaden Groves (AUS/Bike Exchange). In the overall classification Thalmann, Guerin and Lukas Meiler are still in front of GC.

 Stage overview

28/09 Stage 1 | Osijek – Varaždin (237k)

29/09 Stage 2 | Slunj – Otočac (187k)

30/09 Stage 3 | Primošten – Makarska(167k)

01/10 Stage 4 | Zadar – Crikvenica (197k)

02/10 Stage 5 | Rabac/Labin – Opatija (137.5k)

03/10 Stage 6 | Samobor – Zagreb (156.5k)

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

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-croatia/2021/stage-4

Organizer: www.crorace.com