Tour Alsace – Alexis Guérin sucessfully defends mountain jersey in the last stage – Adrià Moreno in 9th place!

The fifth and final stage led over 153.6 kilometers from Mulhouse to Berrwiller. The race was very fast from the beginning. After only two hours, the riders had already covered 96 kilometers. Despite the fast race, Alexis Guérin successfully defended the mountains jersey today!

And again there were several mass crashes on today’s stage. Team Vorarlberg rider Adrià Moreno also crashed 30 kilometers before the finish line. Thanks to another strong team effort, Moreno was able to continue the race and fought himself back to the front of the first group again. The race ended in a group sprint. In the overall classification Adrià Moreno is in a solid ninth place.

 

Results:

https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-alsace/2021/stage-5

Stages:

21.07. Team Trial | Sausheim-Sausheim | 4,3 km

22.07. Colmar – Altkirch | 163,1 km

23.07. Vesoul – La Planche des Belles Filles | 143.1 km

24.07. Ribeauvillé – Lac Blanc | 161,3 km

25.07. Mulhouse – Berrwiller | 153,6 km

 

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Alexis Guérin, Markus Wildauer, Colin Stüssi, Maximilian Kuen, Adrià Moreno

Website: www.touralsace.fr/

Next race:  Burgenland Rundfahrt ÖRTV Cycling League NC on 1st August 2021.

Photo credit: Maurice KLOETZLEN /Team Vorarlberg

 

Team presentation_©Maurice KLOETZLEN
Adria Moreno fighting during race_©Maurice KLOETZLEN

What a fourth stage at the Tour Alsace! Despite several defects of Adrià Moreno and Alexis Guérin, both riders fought their way back to the front with great team support and therefore secured top-ten rankings.

 

Today’s 161.3 kilometer stage starting in Ribeauvillé and arriving at Lac Blanc demanded everything from the riders. Six passes and a total of 4,235 meters in altitude had to be conquered. Both Alexis Guérin and Adrià Moreno were able to rejoin the leaders at the end despite defects and the resulting gap. What a strong performance by Team Vorarlberg!

Alexis Guérin ended up in fourth place in today’s main stage. He takes over the mountain jersey after winning several mountain classifications and is the most active rider of the day. Another top ten finish was taken by Adrià Moreno coming in on ninth place. After this outstanding performance, there will be a significant jump in the team standings.

Today’s victory goes to the Spaniard José Félix PARRA CUERDA (Equipo Kern Pharma). Second place was secured by Leon HEINSCHKE (GER/Development Team DSM) ahead of Swiss Sébastien REICHENBACH (Groupama-FDJ Continental).

 

The top ten results are available and all rankings can be accessed here later:  https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-alsace/2021/stage-4/result/result

The fifth and final stage starts tomorrow in Mulhouse and finishes after 153.6 km in Berrwiller.

 

Stages:

21.07. Team Trial | Sausheim-Sausheim | 4.3 km

22.07. Colmar – Altkirch | 163.1 km

23.07. Vesoul – La Planche des Belles Filles | 143.1 km

24.07. Ribeauvillé – Lac Blanc | 161.3 km

25.07. Mulhouse – Berrwiller | 153.6 km

 

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Alexis Guérin, Markus Wildauer, Colin Stüssi, Maximilian Kuen, Adrià Moreno

Website: www.touralsace.fr/

Photo credit: Team Vorarlberg / Maurice KLOETZLEN

Elsass Bäcker Toni Jung with Alexis Guerin (4th rank)
Team Vorarlberg

The third stage with a total length of 143.1 kilometers led from Vesoul to La Planche des Belles Filles, in very hot conditions. The riders started on a flat first section. After a divers second part, several climbs had to be taken. The most challenging section was the final climb of La Planche des belles filles with a total length of almost 6 kilometers and 8.5 percent in average. Adriá Moreno crossed the finish line with the first finishers of the day.

Team Vorarlberg sports director Werner Salmen summarized: “It was a very tense race with three massive crashes, from which we were luckely spared. The heat was also a great challenge. We will head into tomorrows fourth stage fully motivated.”

Today’s victory went to Colombian Abner Santiago UMBA LOPEZ (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) ahead of Antoine HUBY (FR/Cross Team Legendre) and Sébastien REICHENBACH (CH/Groupama-FDJ).

Results: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-alsace/2021/stage-3/result/result

The fourth stage starts in Ribeauvillé and leads the riders over a distance of 161 kilometers to Lac Blanc.

 

Stages:

21.07. Team Trial | Sausheim-Sausheim | 4.3 km

22.07. Colmar – Altkirch | 163.1 km

23.07. Vesoul – La Planche des Belles Filles | 143.1 km

24.07. Ribeauvillé – Lac Blanc | 161,3 km

25.07. Mulhouse – Berrwiller | 153,6 km

 

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Alexis Guerin, Markus Wildauer, Colin Stüssi, Maximilian Kuen, Adrià Moreno

Website: www.touralsace.fr/

 

Pictures: Maurice KLOETZLEN / havchl.pictures

This years Tour Alsace kicks off with a team time trial

The 17th edition of Tour Alsace prologue started yesterday evening with a 3-man team time trial over 4.3 kilometers. Both rider groups of Team Vorarlberg came in with a strong result in the middle field on the technically demanding course.

Alexis Guerin beaten in the final sprint – 500 meters before the finish line – Roland Thalmann finished with a 15th rank

Today’s stage with over 163 kilometers led from Colmar Unterlinden to Altkirch. The 26 professional teams at the start all had to conquer 1,465 meters in altitude. After the first 10 kilometers, a group of five broke away and were able to gain a seven-minute advantage over the peloton. After about 130 kilometers, the peloton broke away and after a further 153 kilometers into the race, another strong group could set themselves off on the final climb, with Team Vorarlberg rider Alexis Guerin among the group. In the following final sprint, however, he was dropped 500 meters before the finish line and ended up in 25th  place. The rest of the team came in strong in the front field at the end of the race. Roland Thalmann finished with a strong 15th rank.

Arnaud De Lie (BEL/Lotto Soudal U23) won ahead of the Frenchman Théo Menant (Vendée U) and Ben Turner (UK/Trinity Racing).

Result: https://bit.ly/3y0QelY

 

Tomorrow’s third stage leads from Vesoul to La Planche des Belles Filles (143 kilometers).

Stages:

21.07. Team Trial | Sausheim-Sausheim | 4.3 km

22.07. Colmar – Altkirch | 163.1 km

23.07. Vesoul – La Planche des Belles Filles | 143.1 km

24.07. Ribeauvillé – Lac Blanc | 161.3 km

25.07. Mulhouse – Berrwiller | 153.6 km

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Alexis Guerin, Markus Wildauer, Colin Stüssi, Maximilian Kuen, Adrià Moreno

Pictures: havchl.pictures / Elisa Hausmesser

Guerin and Thalmann shine with sixth and seventh place overall – second place in the team classification!

 

As late as never before the finish 21 clock (20 clock CET) at a tour. The Sibiu Tour in Romania has found its conclusion today in the city of culture. The super long and hot (35 degrees) stage over 205 kilometers ended as expected in a bunch sprint. Pascal Ackermann, the German sprinter from the BORA-hansgrohe team wins sovereign.

 

Team Vorarlberg blasted the entire field with attacks in the last third to avoid this sprint decision. It didn’t quite work out. BUT the respect in the whole peloton after this tour was completely different than before the start of the tour, although it was not enough for the top ten in the sprint today!

 

Guerin and Thalmann on rank six and seven of the overall ranking – rank two in the team ranking!

This can be entered in the books as a significant success for the entire team. Because on the one hand this tour was filled with great teams, on the other hand the team clearly determined the race and can more than satisfied start the long journey home.

Guerin’s stage win yesterday stands out once again. Almost 100 UCI world ranking points are the reward for the hard work of the Vorarlberg pros. Lukas Meiler in particular deserves a special mention. 120% work for the team, without looking at his result. Chapeau to him and to the team!

Stage overview:

03.07. Sibiu – Sibiu – Prolog 2,5 Km

04.07. Sibiu – Paltnis 177,9 Km

05.07. Sibiu – Balea Lac 187,5 km

06.07. Sibiu – Sibiu 205,3 km

 

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/sibiu-cycling-tour/2021/stage-3

 

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Alexis Guerin, Adria Moreno, Filippo Fortin, Colin Stüssi, Lukas Meiler

 

Next race:  GP Ticino (SUI) Sunday 11 July

Sensational! Alexis Guerin wins the royal stage at the Sibiu Cycling Tour UCI 2.1 – Thalmann in eighth place!

 

Actually almost unbelievable! Alexis Guerin wins solo the king stage of the Sibiu Cycling Tour on the Balea Lac (2031m) ahead of the World Tour pros Giovanni Aleotti (BORA-hansgrohe) and the multiple Grand Tour stage winner Fabio Aru (Qhubeka-NextHash)!

 

Early attack was key to success!

Guerin started this stage a good minute behind in the overall standings. His attack ten kilometers before the finish was thus allowed for the time being. But too late then the tempo sharpening of the chasers. The Team Vorarlberg professional saved eleven seconds advantage to the finish – a great success. In eighth place his team colleague Roland Thalmann with 29 seconds behind. In the overall standings, Guerin is now in seventh place. Thalmann remains one rank ahead in sixth place!

 

Great team performance!

The team presents itself broad and strong. A look at the overall team ranking after day three makes this clear. Team Vorarlberg should be in the lead in the team ranking (the result report is still pending – see link below) ahead of all World Tour and Pro Continental teams.

 

Tomorrow’s final stage over 205 kilometers will most likely be an affair for the sprinters. However, Filippo Fortin had to finish the race. The race ends very late, but we will report!

Stage overview:

03.07.   Sibiu – Sibiu – Prolog 2,5 Km

04.07.   Sibiu – Paltnis 177,9 Km

05.07.   Sibiu – Balea Lac 187,5 km

06.07.   Sibiu – Sibiu 205,3 km

 

Resultat: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/sibiu-cycling-tour/2021/stage-2

Team classification: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/sibiu-cycling-tour/2021/stage-2-teams

 

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Alexis Guerin, Adria Moreno, Filippo Fortin, Colin Stüssi, Lukas Meiler

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Wildauer takes the Reither Kogel Trophy!

 

Another really good Sunday for Team Vorarlberg. Roland Thalmann provides with rank four on the second stage at the Sibiu Cycling Tour UCI 2.1 in Romania for a great result. Also Alexis Guerin and Adria Moreno, as well as Lukas Meiler and Colin Stüssi show a strong team performance as already yesterday at the prologue. In addition, Markus Wildauer wins at the Reither Kogel Trophy in Tyrol!

 

Thalmann with fourth place in the top ten overall!

Winner of the stage from Sibiu on the Platteau to Paltnis over 178 kilometers the Italian Giovanni Aleotti (BORA-hansgrohe) ahead of his renowned compatriot Fabio Aru (Qhubeka-NextHash). Two seconds behind was Russian Sergei Chernetski (Gazprom-Rusvelo). Roland Thalmann in fourth place as the best Continental rider at the same time as the Russian. Thus, Thalmann is now also in the top ten in the overall standings.

Tomorrow is the queen stage with the mountain finish on Balea Lac. Here could still go something!

 

Stage overview:

03.07. Sibiu – Sibiu – prologue 2,5 km

04.07. Sibiu – Paltnis 177,9 Km

05.07. Sibiu – Balea Lac 187,5 km

06.07. Sibiu – Sibiu 205,3 km

 

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/sibiu-cycling-tour/2021/stage-1

Tour Info: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/sibiu-cycling-tour/2021/gc/overview 

 

Squad: Roland Thalmann, Alexis Guerin, Adria Moreno, Filippo Fortin, Colin Stüssi, Lukas Meiler

 

Markus Wildauer wins in the elite class at the Reither Kogel Trophy!

The young Team Vorarlberg pro showed after his 10th place at the GP Lugano last weekend again today a strong performance. He wins at this classic mountain race in Tyrol after 550 meters of altitude and six kilometers in 19 minutes 46 seconds, three seconds ahead of Felix Engelhardt (Team KTM Tirol). In fifth place Daniel Ganahl ahead of Nikolas Riegler, Max Kuen and Linus Stari.

Great Team Vorarlberg performance among the world’s best at the 74th GP Lugano UCI 1.1 – Wildauer 10th, Thalmann 15th!

 

Was that a Team Vorarlberg fireworks today at Lake Lugano in the Swiss Ticino at the 74th staging of the Int. GP Lugano over 180 kilometers!

 

Moreno, Guerin, Wildauer u. Thalmann are battling with the world’s best!

First it is Adria Moreno who takes the mountain points in the leading group. When this group is put back, Alexis Guerin attacks with Fabio Aru (ITA / Team Quebeka). But also this attack came too early.

In the final of the race a new Team Vorarlberg jersey flashes up in the TV broadcast. Markus Wildauer, the young Austrian, attacks in the final and is able to get into the chasing group around Diego Ulissi (ITA / UAE Emirates).

 

Moscon ahead of Conti and Hermanns – Wildauer in 10th place, Thalmann 15th!

Gianni Moscon (ITA / Ineos) takes the victory from a group of four ahead of Valerio Conti (ITA / UAE Emirates). Third Ben Hermanns (BEL / Israel Startup Nation).

Wildauer shows himself unimpressed by the big names around him. He then attacks himself in the last lap. His strength is enough for tenth place today. Behind him in 15th place is Roland Thalmann, the next “Team Vorarlberg-Pro“.

“That was a hammer-strong action what all the guys have conjured here today. As one of the few Continental teams, we were able to set real accents today and also stand up to the big teams. Wildauer has shown what he is capable of when everything fits. Now we have to build on this already at the next top occupied tour in Romania at the Sibiu Tour!” Werner Salmen – sporting director

 

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/gp-lugano/2021/result  

 

Next race: July 3-7 Int. Sibiu Tour UCI 2.1 (ROM)

https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/sibiu-cycling-tour/2021/startlist/preview

July 3rd Reither Kogel Trophy (AUT)

Alexis Guerin with sensational performance in France – tenth place among the top stars!

 

Austria

Markus Wildauer great at the time trial with third place in the elite class!

An incredibly strong performance showed the young Tyrolean Markus Wildauer in the time trial. He has to admit defeat only series winner Matthias Brändle (Israel Startup) and Felix Ritzinger (WSA) and is third. It was his first race after a break due to knee problems. With rank 15 Linus Stari also delivers a talent test!

In today’s road race Max Kuen finishes the elimination race over 176 kilometers in 14th place. Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe) and ex-Team Vorarlberg pro takes the title ahead of Marco Haller (Bahrain).

Result Time Trial / Kufstein: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/nc-austria-itt/2021

Result Road: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/nc-austria/2021/

France

Guerin celebrates excellent form with tenth place and 4 hours of Eurosport presence!

What the current father has achieved today in the road race in France over the distance of 242 kilometers (!!) is, without exaggerating great. The Team Vorarlberg leader was from the beginning in the 13-man strong leading group. Towards the end, there were only three of them in front. Guerin alongside with the later winner Remi Cavagna (Deuceuncick Quick Step). In the final, after a real battle, he fought his way into the world class of all Tour de France starters in tenth place – Chapeau Alexis!

The race was broadcast live on Eurosport and was therefore a complete success for Team Vorarlberg!

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/nc-france/2021/

 

Switzerland

Ex-Team Vorarlberg pro Silvan Dillier champion in Switzerland – Antoine Debons on rank 16

After 158 kilometers today Silvan Dillier (Alpecin-Fenix) could crown himself the new Swiss champion. The ex-Team Vorarlberg rider wins ahead of Simon Pellaud (Androni). Best Team Vorarlberg rider is Antoine Debons in 16th place. This doesn’t quite reflect the strong performance of the pros around Roland Thalmann and Colin Stüssi, but the form is right for the next races!

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/nc-switserland/2021/

 

Germany

Lukas Meiler fights his way through!

Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) is the new German Champion 2021. The German wins in superior manner in Stuttgart. Lukas Meiler is 26th as best Team Vorarlberg rider.

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/nc-germany/2021/

Thalmann beendet Tour de Suisse auf Rang 42!

Ein ganz harte Angelegenheit war die heurige Tour de Suisse. Mitten drin Team Vorarlberg Profi in Diensten des Schweizer Nationalteams. Er beendet die World Tour Rundfahrt nach acht Etappen auf Gesamtrang 42.

„Das war ein hartes Stück Arbeit. Man hat gespürt dass viele noch um ein Tour de France Ticket kämpfen, umso härter wurde hier gefahren. Das bringt mich aber von Form her weiter in Richtung der weiteren Saisonhighlights mit dem Team – ich freu mich drauf!“

 

REsult:  https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-suisse/2021/gc

 

Stari und Amann im Zeitfahren von Thun auf Rang 11 und 15!

Noah Bögli vor Damian Lüscher (beide SUI) heißen die Sieger des traditionellen Zeitfahrens über 30 Kilometer in Thun (SUI). Linus Stari und Dominik Amann, die beiden Youngesters des Team Vorarlberg zeigen ein gutes Rennen und platzieren sich auf den Rängen 11 und 15. Ein guter Test für die nationalen Meisterschaften am kommenden Wochenende!