Colin Stüssi with feat of strength on fourth place at third stage of Tour Alsace on the Planche des Belles Filles – Nikolas Riegler takes bronze at mountain state championships


Today’s queen stage from Vesoul to La Planche des Bellis Filles (132 km / 2800 HM) was not for the faint of heart. After only five kilometers Colin Stüssi loses the connection due to a skirmish in the peloton. He follows the leading group for 80 (!!) kilometers. In the last hour of the race, the Swiss rider is able to catch up and sensationally fights his way up to fourth place! An incredible feat of strength. What would have been possible here!


The winner is Briton Sebastian Berwick (Israel Premier Tech) ahead of Mathys Rondel (Tudor Cycling Team). Stüssi lost only one minute. In the overall standings, the same situation with fourth place. Oscar Cabedo is in 14th place.


Stage number three – it’s going to be a long day! Tomorrow’s very copied route from Tagolsheim to Altkirch will be a day for the escapees, but with 197 kilometers also super hard in the finale.




26.07. Prologue Sausheim 4,3 km

27.07. Stage 1 Europa Park Rust – Selestat 166.1 km

28.07. Stage 2 Vesoul – La Planche des Belles Filles 132,6 km

29.07. Stage 3 Tagolsheim – Altkirch 197 km

30.07. Stage 4 Ribeauville – Cernay 137,7 km


Line-up Team Vorarlberg: Dominik Amann, Lukas Meiler, Jon Knolle, Pirmin Benz, Oscar Cabedo, Colin Stüssi;


Austrian National Championships – Nikolas Riegler with third place in U23 classification

The small contingent with Moran Vermeulen, Antoine Berlin, Nikolas Riegler and Laurin Nenning showed a fighting spirit today in the 30 kilometer race from Wiesing to the Gramai Alm in Tyrol.  The result could have been better (eleventh and twelfth place of Vermeulen and Berlin), but still they consolidated second place in the Austria Cycling League. Nikolas Riegler continues his positive development with third place in the U23 classification.



Nikolas Riegler (AUT, Team Vorarlberg) Radsport Wels, 24. Innenstadtkriterium

Team Vorarlberg accompanied by cycling god on hectic start stage of Tour Alsace UCI 2.2


After the prologue in Sausheim, which ended late yesterday evening, in which the Vorarlberg team held its own in the midfield against the specialists, today the first stage over 166 kilometers with the finish in Selestat. The large field with 170 riders from 25 teams started in the world-famous Europa Park Rust. But the pros didn’t really feel like playing today.


Stüssi crash – Amann defect

The very fast stage with an average of over 43 km/h, was geared towards a sprint finish. But 15 kilometers before the finish Colin Stüssi falls and has to really invest to catch up again. Dominik Amann has a defect ten kilometers before the finish. The team brings him back as well. In the hectic sprint to the finish, they have saved their energy for tomorrow.

Nevertheless: all six riders around Stüssi, Cabedo and Meiler finish at the same time as winner Daniel Skerl ITA / Team ASD Friuli.


Tomorrow already the queen stage! In the finale, the historic climb to La Planche des Belles Filles, known from the Tour de France, awaits. On the 132 kilometers almost 3000 meters of altitude await.




26.07. Prologue Sausheim 4,3 km

27.07. Stage 1 Europa Park Rust – Selestat 166,1 km

28.07. Stage 2 Vesoul – La Planche des Belles Filles 132,6 km

29.07. Stage 3 Tagolsheim – Altkirch 197 km

30.07. Stage 4 Ribeauville – Cernay 137,7 km


Line-up Team Vorarlberg: Dominik Amann, Lukas Meiler, Jon Knolle, Pirmin Benz, Oscar Cabedo, Colin Stüssi;

Two Austrians among the top four! Nobody would have expected this before the GP Vorarlberg with its world-class lineup, where some riders will start next week at the Giro d’Italia. At Austria’s biggest one-day race in the UCI category 1.2, Styrian Moran Vermeulen of Team Vorarlberg had to admit defeat only to Czech Michael Boros in the final sprint of a top quartet. Third place went to Hrinkow legionnaire Jaka Primozic ahead of young Tyrolean Marco Schrettl, who once again put on a great show of talent.

Today the GP Vorarlberg powered by Radhaus Rankweil was the third race of the Austrian Cycling League. A new course with a difficult finale as well as the world-class line-up with 145 cycling pros at the biggest one-day race in Austria (UCI cat. 1.2) ensured high tension! The course with 163.1 kilometers and 2,392 meters of altitude led first over the familiar loop from Nenzing via Rönsberg, Frastanz back to Nenzing, which had to be mastered eight times. In the finale, the three new laps (6.8km each) awaited with the climb to Alpencamping Nenzing to Latz. This was followed by the narrow and rapid descent to Beschling and back to the finish, where many spectators and over 120 VIPS – including slalom queen Katharina Liensberger and ÖSV junior hopeful Magdalena Egger – cheered on the cycling pros. For OC boss and Vorarlberg team boss Thomas Kofler, tour director of the Tour of Austria alongside Tirol boss Thomas Pupp, it was a perfect kick-off for the start of the Tour of Austria on July 2 in Dornbirn: “We offered perfect organization, a great livestream from K19, which was also shown on ORF Sport Plus for the first time, and many enthusiastic spectators along the route and in Nenzing. That was a great cycling festival today!”

The protagonists on the country road in particular ensured this cycling festival in perfect weather. In the fourth of the eight long laps, two riders made a decisive breakaway for the first time. The two Germans Tobias Nolde and Levi Meßmer quickly extended their lead to over three minutes. Then, blow after blow, 50 kilometers before the finish, a strong chasing group formed and soon put Tobias Nolde, the last leading rider, in its place. In the last of the long lap, 18 top riders were in front, behind them three chasers with one minute and the peloton was already hopelessly behind with a gap of more than two minutes. From the red-white-red point of view it was good to see that with Moran Vermeulen (Team Vorarlberg), Marco Schrettl (Tirol KTM Cycling Team) and Jaka Primozic (Hrinkow Advarics) there were also three pros from Austrian teams in the lead.

Schrettl still manages to catch up, Vermeulen strong as an ox
The last three laps saw the expected exchange of blows: Vermeulen blew up the front and only six riders, including Schrettl and Primozic, were able to keep up. But no stone was left unturned after constant attacks over the difficult final climb. In the last lap then the decision: Czech Michael Boros attacked up to Alpencamping and only Vermeulen and Primozic were able to catch up. After the descent it looked like a triple sprint, but due to tactical skirmishing of the trio Marco Schrettl managed to catch up 500 meters before the finish. Vermeulen opened the sprint to the finish a bit too early and he was still caught off guard by Boros. “It was a very tough race from the start. Luckily I made it into the decisive escape group. My colleagues worked super for me. In the finish sprint I waited for the right moment and I’m absolutely happy with this victory.”

Two Austrians among the top four
Vorarlberg pro Moran Vermeulen was one of the strongest and most active riders in the race today, “The last two weeks with the Tour of the Alps were very hard for me and I knew that I am not that sprinty anymore, that’s why I opened early. The Czech was faster and I can live with that.” Speaking about the new course layout, Moran said he was pleased with the organizers: “In the last years you always needed luck because the last 15 kilometers were flat to the finish. Now with the short final laps, the climb and the technical descent, it’s the coolest race currently in Austria.” Behind Vermeulen, Hrinkow Advarics’ Primozic of Slovenia finished third. A strong race was also completed by 19-year-old Tirol pro Marco Schrettl in fourth place: “It was really casual today. 500 meters before the finish, when I reached the top, I wanted to land a surprise attack, but unfortunately the tank was empty. The new track is absolutely brilliant!”

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Almost the entire team Vorarlberg down – chaotic start of the Tour de Loir et Cher in France!


This is not how you imagined the start of the five-day tour. Five out of six riders of Team Vorarlberg had to go to French ground today. In the very hectic race over 146 kilometers from Blois to Chailles, the April weather held what it often promises. Gusty wind and rain were the cause of many crashes.


Only Lukas Rüegg kept himself free of crashes today. All the others had to go down but could finish the race. Jon Knolle got it the hardest with a cut on his knee, fought his way to the finish before the final car and was awarded as the most combative rider.


Three riders saved themselves as a trio to the finish. Behind them, the first group crossed the finish line. With them Lukas Rüegg, Pirmin Benz and Lukas Meiler. The winner was Tim Marsman (Team Metec) from the Netherlands. Now it’s time to lick wounds and look ahead to tomorrow.


This leads from Sassay to Selommes (163.5 km).





Lukas Meiler, Dominik Amann, Colin Stüssi, Lukas Rüegg, Pirmin Benz, Jon Knolle

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Team presentation part 3 with the best Christmas greetings:

Team Vorarlberg is complete and ready for great deeds! Lukas Rüegg extended, Monegasque Antoine Berlin last new addition!


With the two professionals Lukas Rüegg and Antoine Berlin, Team Vorarlberg is now fixed. The 26-year-old Lukas Rüegg extended the contract for another year and is already burning for 2023. He is a member of the Swiss track Olympic team, and was Swiss champion in the U23 class in 2018 for Team Vorarlberg.

“I am happy to have been given the opportunity to race for Team Vorarlberg in 2023 so late in the year. I feel very comfortable in the team and hope to thank the team for this with corresponding successes.” so the comment of Lukas Rüegg


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Monaco goes Vorarlberg – mountain flea Antoine Berlin should fly

With his 55 kilograms, the already 33-year-old Monegasque has the ideal prerequisites for the long, steep mountains. Until a few years ago, Antone Berlin was a long-distance runner (half marathon best time 1:08:57) and track and field world championship participant. In 2017, he switched to cycling. He has been in the professional circuit for three years and comes from the French Continental Team Nice Metropole. In 2021, Berlin shone with second place on the Col du Galibier at the Tour Savoie Mont Blanc ahead of Roland Thalmann.


Statement Antoine Berlin: “I am happy that I am now in Vorarlberg, a team with a winning mentality. I’m Monegasque and I didn’t follow the usual path of cycling, as my career originally started in long-distance running. I hope to bring my climbing skills to the team in 2023 and why shouldn’t I follow in the footsteps of the strongest riders who have won races wearing the Vorarlberg jersey.”


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Team Vorarlberg 2023 squad:

Moran Vermeulen, Linus Stari, Dominik Amann, Laurin Nenning, Nikolas Riegler (all AUT)

Lukas Meiler, Pirmin Benz, Jon Knolle (all GER)

Colin Stüssi, Lukas Rüegg, Peter Inauen (all SUI)

Oscar Cabedo (SPA)

Antoine Berlin (MCO)


Pro Cycling Team Vorarlberg wishes all partners, sponsors, press and media representatives, as well as the entire fan community a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!


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Team Vorarlberg 2023 – Team presentation part 2:

Moran Vermeulen and Jon Knolle as real spearheads for the classic fraction – youngster Laurin Nenning gets professional contract


Desired rider Moran Vermeulen new in the Vorarlberg “Squadra”!

He is considered one of the strongest Austrians with more than realistic chances of a professional contract in the World Tour. The 25-year-old Styrian from Ramsau (190 cm) wants to take this next step with Team Vorarlberg after three years with Felbermayr-Wels. Moran Vermeulen secured victory in the Austrian Cycling League in 2021. He has also shown his class internationally on several occasions (including finishing second overall in the Tour de Serbia).  Vermeulen feels comfortable in difficult, hectic races, as well as on classic-like profiles. The brother of the ÖSV cross-country skier Mika, is eager to race for the first time at the beginning of March in the jersey of Team Vorarlberg.


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German Cycling League winner Jon Knolle as a guarantor for the Team Vorarlberg train!

With the 23-year-old German from Una was agreed quite quickly. The 195cm tall professional comes from Continental Team Sauerland. Jon Knolle placed 14th in Rund um Köln UCI 1.1, and won the overall classification of the German Cycling League 2022.

Jon Knolle: “I am looking forward to the new challenge with Team Vorarlberg. I especially like the strong athletic orientation of the team. I am very motivated to prove myself and want to play to my strengths. In addition, many tours have stages similar to classics – these are particularly suited to me.  A big goal will continue to be the German time trial championship.”


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Laurin Nenning and Peter Inauen as newcomers!

With 18-year-old Laurin Nenning, a very young Vorarlberger joins the team. He is still undergoing apprenticeship training at Hirschmann Automotive and is being introduced to the professional scene in a targeted manner.

Laurin Nenning on joining Team Vorarlberg: “I come from the MTB sector and see my current strengths on the mountain. I would like to expand on these and develop accordingly. I know that this is a big challenge, but I will accept it. My first goal: to stand at the start with my great role model Peter Sagan – that would be something!”


With Peter Inauen (26) from Switzerland, comes no stranger to the team. Inauen already convinced at the record ride as a guest rider in the four-man competition of the Race Around Austria 2021 as a strong all-rounder and reports back fit after an injury year in 2022.


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Team Vorarlberg 2023 – Team presentation part 1:

Proven regulars around Meiler and Stüssi extend their contracts – Oscar Cabedo and Pirmin Benz as first newcomers.

 Five riders have already renewed their agreements and remain in proven strength in the squad for the new season. First and foremost is team leader Lukas Meiler from Oberammergau (GER). The 27-year-old drove an outstanding season and will take a supporting role. Lukas is super motivated and will do everything in his ninth (!!) year to make another step to the top.

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 The Swiss Colin Stüssi from Näfels is also in the same vein. The veteran (29 years) will also be one of the team captains and continue his upward trend from this year. Sport director Werner Salmen holds very much in the direction of its development values us sees the maps for Stüssi very well put.

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The two Vorarlberg players Linus Stari (24) and Dominik Amann (23), as well as the young Nikolas Riegler (21) have also extended their contracts. Stari and Amann were able to translate their athletic development into results, especially in the second half of the season, and are aiming for some season highlights in 2023. And here they will receive full team support.

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NEW: Spanish draught horse Oscar Cabedo for the difficult tours – and German classic quality with Pirmin Benz!

The 28 year old Oscar Cabedo Carda from Onda (Valencia), comes from the UCI Pro Team Burgos-BH. He is a pronounced mountain rider and man for the overall classifications. Cabedo was 19th overall in the 2021 Vuelta Espana, and 22nd overall this year.

“My best performances have been in hard mountain stages, especially in the Vuelta a España.

Now I am very happy about the chance Team Vorarlberg has given me after five years with Team Burgos-BH. The team has a great race calendar for a mountain rider like me and I will work hard to achieve great things with them.” said Oscar Cabedo.

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Pirmin Benz (22) joins the line-up as a very well trained rider from Team Radnet Rose and convinced especially on the classic terrain. He also wants to make the next step in Team Vorarlberg:

“I am looking forward to being a part of Team Vorarlberg next season. For the coming season, I plan to win races with the team and give everything. I particularly enjoy classic races and medium-difficulty stage races. I am already looking forward to the first races“” says Pirmin Benz with motivation.

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Thalmann and Guerin say goodbye!

Due to the successful 2022 season, some riders have received offers from other teams in the next higher category. Roland Thalmann, five years in loyal service to the team, is turning pro with UCI Pro Team Tudor in Switzerland. Alexis Guerin, the strong Frenchman, moves to the Belgian UCI Pro Team Bingoal-Pauwels after three strong seasons.

Also leaving the team are Riccardo Zoidl (AUT), Mathias Reutimann (SUI), Martin Meiler (GER) – all of whom are moving to league rival Felbermayr-Wels. Daniel Ganahl will concentrate completely on his special discipline of ski mountaineering in 2023 and is on the Olympic squad of the ÖSV. There is still a question mark behind Lukas Rüegg (SUI). This will be decided the days.



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 We look back with great fondness to an amazing time and lots of memories. Dear Martin – we would like to express a heartfelt thank you from all of us and wishing you all the best for your future.

Martin Meiler about his time with Team Vorarlberg:

“For the last six years, I would like to thank the entire Team Vorarlberg very much. They gave me the opportunity early on to develop and prove myself as a rider and as a person. Together we have experienced many unforgettable moments and were able to celebrate great successes. Even in difficult situations, the team was always a strong support. The last six years will always be remembered fondly, for which I am grateful to every member of the team.”

Thomas Kofler – Team Manager

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 Season review 2022: Team Vorarlberg delivers outstanding season and shines also in the 24th year!

The team started the year 2022 very confident and with a very strong team on paper. The rider squad has been reduced to eleven riders not least to focus on a clear UCI race program for the cyclists, as well as the national league races in Austria to be able to take. Again and again, the young riders like Dominik Amann and Linus Stari were used and their further development was promoted – and yes – they have developed and made a decent performance leap.

Back to the start of the season. At the South Aegean Tour UCI 2.2 in Greece, top results were already in the books at the first UCI tour: Alexis Guerin finished the tour in third place overall. On the second stage, the likeable Frenchman missed the victory by a hair’s breadth and finished second.

Lukas Meiler from Oberammergau in Bavaria, who has been with the team since 2015, made his sporting breakthrough last year. At the Tour of Rhodes UCI 2.2, the 27-year-old won the prologue and sensationally finished second in the entire tour. Thus Lukas Meiler drove himself into a clear leader position for the entire season. This he underpinned in the following on the example of the Sibiu Tour in Romania UCI 2.1 (3rd place on the last stage and winner of the mountain classification overall).

The entire team has shown an impressive breadth. Alexis Guerin and Roland Thalmann were able to extend their captain roles over the continuation of the season. Guerin started the year successfully, and finished accordingly in the CRO Race UCI 2.1. He won the overall mountain classification, and graced the podium with current Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard (NOR / Jumbo Visma). But it wasn’t just Guerin who showed up at the CRO Race in the daily Eurosport TV live broadcasts. Every day a Team Vorarlberg rider was in the lead.

Alexis Guerin was responsible for numerous other podium finishes at the Tour of Bulgaria, In the footsteps of Romans etc … outstanding also the stage win at the Czech Tour Sazka Tour UCI 2.1, and second place overall at the Int. Oberösterreich Rundfahrt UCI 2.2.

Roland “Roli” Thalmann, the Swiss in his fifth season with Team Vorarlberg, performed again in his usual manner. He secured his first yellow leader’s jersey with victory in the first stage at the Tour Alsace UCI 2.2, as did his third-place finish at Tour of Bulgaria, and most notably his hussar ride to seventh in the lead group from Locarno to Moosalp at the Tour de Suisse (World Tour). Thalmann suffered a fractured upper arm at the Circuit des Ardennes in France and was back in racing action just a few weeks later. Simply strong – simply “Roli”!

Riccardo Zoidl, the father of three kids from Upper Austria, tried his hand in the West and also knew how to convince. Not always easy to distribute the captain role in each race, but Werner Salmen the sports director, knew how to unite the men. “Ricci” finished eighth overall in the Sazka Tour UCI 2.1, and fifth in both his home tour, the Oberösterreich Rundfahrt, and the Tour of Rhodes UCI 2.2.

The working bee in the service of the Vorarlberg Colin Stüssi, was often guarantor for the final results of the leaders. When Colin revved up his engine, it played Granada in the field. The 29-year-old Swiss from Näfels then drew his personal card in the Swiss Road Championship. He sensationally finished third against all the World Tour riders. He narrowly missed the podium at the Tour Alsace UCI 2.2 with fourth place.

The young Vorarlberg fraction presented itself after many years of building up now also with results. Linus Stari is excellent overall fifth at the Tour of Bulgaria “in the footsteps of romans” UCI 2.2. In addition, his good season end at the CRO Race in Croatia. To fight side by side with one of the Tour de France winners “a really good feeling” as Linus commented.The young rider from Hohenems, Dominik Amann, also knew how to break through this year and showed great performances in the stages of the CRO Race. Likewise as a valuable helper at the Int. Oberösterreich Rundfahrt UCI 2.2. Especially shines his first podium in the Austrian cycling league with third place at the Braunauer cycling days in Ranshofen.

Daniel Ganahl, ÖSV (austrian ski federation) athlete in ski mountaineering, started the season later, but showed his class especially when it went into the climbs. Impressive his victory and title at the Austrian National Championships on the mountain in Tyrol.

Nikolas Riegler, did not have the best season this year, but Niko will take this experience with him into next year and will come back all the stronger.

The two Swiss Lukas Rüegg and Matthias Reutimann, delivered a really good job throughout the year. Rüegg had some bad luck from time to time, but he always showed his extra class in race overview and the good “nose” to read a race. He also rode the Tour de Suisse in the Swiss national team. The same as his team colleague Matthias Reutimann. “Reuti” convinced in the Austrian national league in many races and in the overall ranking (fourth place).

Martin Meiler, the fast man from Oberammergau and brother of Luki, has had a bit of a fumble this year. Nevertheless Martin could convince in his sixth season in Vorarlberg as a valuable helper. In some races he let his speed flash.

A chapeau belongs to the entire coaching staff. First and foremost the sports director Werner Salmen, the “brain” of the team, who guided the boys to success. Werner is truly a fox when it comes to strategy, courage and the gift to race with passion.

Plus all the other coaches and support staff who really rounded out the team. Success often takes place in the background, and here we had the best background one could wish for.

Last but not least, especially in the second half of the season, the team really felt the effects of the difficult economic situation worldwide. The enormously increased fuel and toll prices, accommodation costs, but also catering and various acquisition costs were, and still are, the biggest challenge.

Overview Team Vorarlberg Results international UCI

Summary season 2022:

1st place Austrian National Championship Mountain

12 victories incl. the classification jerseys

13 x rank 2

11 x rank 3

474 UCI points

Most successful team of Austria in UCI world ranking

 Facts Team Vorarlberg

– 1999 Foundation 

– 11 riders

– 14 supporters / helpers

– Status UCI World Federation “UCI Continental Europe Tour “

Finally and in summary again a more than successful season for Team Vorarlberg!

“SPONSORING as a PARTNER with Team Vorarlberg” a successful investment!

Team Vorarlberg is grateful to be able to rely on a large number of great partners! Many of them are already on board for several years. During this time many sportive ups and downs have been overcome. In the foreground for us are above all the important basic values of mutual appreciation and successful “togetherness”. THANKS!!!

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

This does not only include the professionals. The most successful team in Austria can rely on a great support crew, including the office. THANK YOU EUCH for the commitment!

Team Vorarlberg 2023 – let’s go into the jubilee year!

The squad composition is completed. We are ready for the jubilee season – a quarter of a century Team Vorarlberg, and we are looking forward to the start. There are big tasks waiting for drivers and support staff. We will accept them!

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

“Keep on riding “!

Thomas Kofler – Team Manager

Management und Presseservice Team Vorarlberg




Last week, the Business Forum of Managers visited the headquarters of Team Vorarlberg.

Team manager and CEO Thomas Kofler gave exciting insights on the topic of “self-organization and the interplay between personal responsibility and team support”.

Last year, the founder and visionary of the cycling team competed with his teammate Marco Jordan in the toughest cycling race in Europe – the Race Around Austria. In the challenge that demands everything from the riders as well as from the organization and helpers team, they achieved a remarkable 3rd place among the 2-man teams.

Here you can see the video:

Link in the bio!

Many thanks to the wdf and all guests!