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

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 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

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 Top Job from Team Vorarlberg! Stüssi and Thalmann sprint into the top ten on the third stage of the Croatia Tour UCI 2.1!

Again today a great performance of the pros of Team Vorarlberg! Meiler, Thalmann u. Co. were next to the World Tour teams one of the most active teams on the third stage from Primosten to Makarska over 167 kilometers. On the final climb shortly before the finish, Alexis Guerin attacked before Lukas Meiler was able to break away from the peloton and finish third in the mountain classification.

Four Team Vorarlberg pros in the lead – Stüssi and Thalmann on eight and ten!

In the sprint of the first peloton with 45 riders there were four Vorarlbergers (Stüssi, Thalmann, Meiler, Guerin). Stüssi sprinted to eighth place. Thalmann just behind in tenth. Winner the Belgian Milan Menten (Bingoal Pauwels) ahead of van Dijke (NED/Jumbo-Visma).

Thomas Kofler – Team Manager: “If you watch Eurosport in the office and see what the guys deliver against the big World Tour and Pro Continental teams here, then you can be more than satisfied and also a little proud. They deserved to be in the top ten today. There could be more, because you saw this today when it goes into the climbs. So far, a great team performance by all seven riders!”

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-3

Organizer: www.crorace.com

Hard work of Team Vorarlberg not yet rewarded at sprint festival at Croatia Tour UCI 2.1!

The squad from Vorarlberg has traveled without the Italian sprinter Fortin, who is currently not in the condition to drive to stage victory. Werner Salmen, the sporting director, relies on the youth and Martin Meiler at this tour. The young German from Oberammergau should be built up for the next for the sprint.

“The boys rode a strong race today on the 187-kilometer second stage to Otocac. They were always at the front and launched the sprint preparation with Bahrain, Jumbo-Visma and Israel-Start up to the final. The fact that it’s not quite enough for Martin in the final is not a disaster. He must experience the feeling and learn to deal with the responsibility what the team imposes on him. Suddenly the knot bursts!” says Werner Salmen.

 Today’s stage winner was Croatian Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) ahead of Einhorn (ISR/Israel Startup). Meiler placed around fifteenth.

 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-2 

Organizer: www.crorace.com

A big tour for the season final – Roland Thalmann opens Croatia Tour UCI 2.1 with rank 16!

The line-up (including the World Tour teams Jumbo-Visma, Bahrain, Team Bike Exchange, Israel Start-up) could not have been better for the last Tour for Team Vorarlberg this year. At the ever stronger developing tour over six stages in Croatia have enrolled numerous top stars such as Simon Yates, Mikel Landa, Matej Mohoric. All stages are broadcasted live on Eurosport TV.

Today to start immediately the “monster stage” from Osijek to Varazdin over 237 kilometers on mostly flat terrain along the Hungarian border. At the end of the day, the riders’ tachometer showed a riding time of 5h 52min.

Thalmann on rank 16 in Varazdin!

The Swiss placed 16th in the bunch sprint of the peloton and was not dissatisfied. “We looked to get through in one piece and not lose any time. These are quite dangerous stages. Our section comes on Saturday, there it goes into the mountains and here we will once again get everything out of us!”

Winner of the stage Phil Bauhaus (GER/Bahrain Victorious) ahead of Olav Kooij (Jumb-Visma) and Kristoffer Halvorsen (Uno-X).

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-1/result/result

Organizer: www.crorace.com

Team Vorarlberg pro Maximilian Kuen in seventh place at the 11th King of the Lake – Youngster Daniel Ganahl also shows off his skills in time trials

Incredible 1400 (!!) starters at the biggest single time trial event in Europe. At the eleventh edition of this top event at Lake Attersee in Upper Austria, organized by OC boss Erwin Mayer, the Team Vorarlberg pros also showed their good form in the elite class in yesterday’s race over 47.2 kilometers (280 altitude meters).

Against the time trial specialists, Maximilian Kuen placed seventh in the elite classification. His average was 48.3 km/h. Again strong also the young neo-Pro Daniel Ganahl. As a “lightweight” he finished in an excellent eleventh place with an average of 47.2 km/h. Peter Innauen, guest rider from Switzerland becomes 13th.

Winner around the Attersee, on the completely closed course, is the German time trial specialist Julian Braun (CT SKS Sauerland) ahead of Rainer Kepplinger (Hrinkow Advarics).

Maximilian Kuen: “What happens here every year is simply unbelievable. As an elite rider, you start immediately after the amateurs and you know at the start that you have to give your all, especially in the last 20 kilometers. Motivation on top is the super fast material from Profile Design with the special wheels and cockpits on our Argon18 time trial machines – that really rolls fantastic!” 

Result:  https://www.computerauswertung.at/veranstaltungen/2021/210918/20210918_King_of_the_Lake_Elite_King.pdf

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The next podium for Team Vorarlberg – this time Antoine Debons is responsible for it. At the Tour du Jura (125k km) in Switzerland, the Swiss rider only had to admit defeat to the two Frenchmen Alan Jousseaume and Sandy Dujardin (both Team Vendee U).

“We were nine riders in the leading group. 2 teams with several riders, it was difficult to control the race. So I am all the more satisfied with the result!” said Debon’s comment!