Team Vorarlberg with prominent new addition – Alexander Konychev completes 15-man squad!

 

Team Vorarlberg has strengthened its squad once again. The 25-year-old Italian Alexander Konychev has now joined the squad of 15 riders. Konychev, son of the well-known and equally successful Dimitri Konychev, will join the team next week in Rhodes.

 

From 2019 to 2022, he was under contract with the World Tour teams of Dimension-Data, Mitchelton-Scott and Team BikeExchange-Jayco. Last year, the likeable Italian, who is at home near Lake Garda, was part of the Corratec-Selle Italia UCI Pro Team.

 

Classics specialist with some qualities 

He finished eighth in the GP Vorarlberg UCI 1.2 before starting in the Giro d Italia. He has already achieved numerous podium finishes in UCI races, as well as fifth place in the 2021 Italian Pro Championships. Konychev clocked up a total of 13,383 kilometers of racing last year. He is also a strong time trialist.

 

Alexander Konychev (25) ITA: “It’s great for me to be part of Team Vorarlberg from now on. These were very tough times for me. Now I have found a team that still believes in me and also offers me the opportunity to show my best performance. The structure, all the material and the whole organization of the team is very professional. Now I am looking forward to achieving big goals with the team. I thank them for their trust and hope I can repay this trust with my performances.”

 

Overview of Alexander Konychev’s top results and career to date:

https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/alexander-konychev

 

Next stop RHODOS!

From next week, the entire Team Vorarlberg will be setting up camp in Rhodes for a joint training camp. Two UCI tours are also on the program, as well as two one-day races.

 

“Keep on riding!

Final stage of the Tour of Antalya UCI 2.1 – Dominik Amann with a strong performance on the Mediterranean

40 kilometers after the start, six riders are able to break away. And once again a Team Vorarlberg rider, Dominik Amann, is among them. The group harmonizes well. The 24-year-old Dominik Amann, already in his seventh year in the squad, is able to secure classification points and is caught by several groups in the last third of the race.

Day of disillusionment – but the direction is right

Dutch rider de Vries (TDT-Unibet) won the stage. Overall winner of the tour is the Italian Davide Piganzoli (Team Politi-Kometa). Dominik Amann finished 51st in the final stage and was delighted with his performance. His teammates were unable to compete at the front today.

Werner Salmen – Sports Director:Today you could see the lack of race kilometers. The big teams simply rode a gear faster on the climbs. It’s still very early in the season and we knew that we shouldn’t expect anything here. The first few days were very good within the limits of our capabilities. Today we were inferior. Nevertheless, everyone fought, rode actively and finished the tour. Now we have to keep working on that!”

Return journey and on to Rhodes at the end of February!

Tomorrow Team Vorarlberg travels back home before heading to Rhodes at the end of February.  Two tours (Visit South Aegean Islands Tour, Tour of Rhodes) and two one-day races await them there.

 

Overview of stages

08.02. Stage 1 Side – Antalya 135 km

09.02. Stage 2 Demre – Antalya 140,5 km

10.02. Stage 3 Kemer – Tahtali 133,5 km

11.02. Stage 4 Antalya – Antalya 183,9 km

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-antalya/2024/stage-4

Team Vorarlberg Tour of Antalya UCI 2.1 squad: Dominik Amann, Tomoya Koyama, Lukas Meiler, Felix Stehli, Colin Stüssi, Jon Knolle;

“Keep on riding!

 

Press service Team Vorarlberg

www.team-vorarlberg.at

office@proevent-cycling.at

 

Colin Stüssi in Top 20 an dritter Etappe der Tour of Antalya UCI 2.1 – Lukas Meiler mit starkem Auftritt

 

Die heutige Königsetappe mit über 3000 Höhenmeter auf 133 Kilometer inklusive der Bergankunft in Tahtali, brachte die erwartete Vorentscheidung um den Rundfahrtsieg. Es siegt solo der Italiener Davide Piganzoli (Team Polti-Kometa), und übernimmt die Gesamtführung. Stark heute Lukas Meiler mit seinem Ritt in der Spitzengruppe. Colin Stüssi zeigt sich zufrieden mit Rang 20 im top besetzten Feld. Formtest bestanden!

 

Spannender Rennverlauf mit Lukas Meiler an der Spitze

Hauptziel heute: Colin Stüssi oder Lukas Meiler in die Spitzengruppe platzieren. Gelungen ist es mit Lukas Meiler. Nach einigen Attacken zu Beginn kann sich Meiler mit vier starken Kontrahenten absetzen. Er gewinnt die erste Bergwertung und wird Dritter an der Sprintwertung.

Im finalen Schlussanstieg konnten der Schweizer Neuzugang Felix Stehli und Lukas Meiler ihren Kapitän Colin Stüssi entsprechend platzieren. Stüssi kämpft sich in den steilen Rampen auf Rang 20. Vor ihm fast nur Fahrer aus den größeren Teams.

Zum Finale nochmals nachlegen!

Die 5. Austragung der Rundfahrt wird morgen mit der längsten Etappe mit Start und Ziel in Antalya beendet. Es warten im hügeligen Hinterland Antalyas über 2000 Höhenmeter und 184 Kilometer.

Etappenübersicht

08.02.    Etappe 1 Side – Antalya 135 km

09.02.    Etappe 2 Demre – Antalya 140,5 km

10.02.    Etappe 3 Kemer – Tahtali 133,5 km

11.02.    Etappe 4 Antalya – Antalya 183,9 km

Resultat: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-antalya/2024/stage-3

Infos Tour of Antalya: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-antalya/2024/overview

Kader Team Vorarlberg Tour of Antalya UCI 2.1:Dominik Amann, Tomoya Koyama, Lukas Meiler, Felix Stehli, Colin Stüssi, Jon Knolle;

 

Presseservice Team Vorarlberg

www.team-vorarlberg.at

office@proevent-cycling.at

A hard piece of work for Team Vorarlberg at the Tour of Antalya UCI 2.1 – Stüssi and Meiler’s form inspires confidence

“Today’s result does not reflect the race!” said sports director Werner Salmen. Colin Stüssi was only prevented from advancing in the final by a crash involving a good ten riders ahead of him. So he and Lukas Meiler finished today’s second stage of the Tour of Antalya from Demre to Antalya over 140 kilometers in the second group. The winner was the Slovenian Matevz Govekar (Bahrain-Victorios). Overall leader is the Italian Giovanni Lonardi (Polti-Kometa).

This first stage race of the year as a test for Team Vorarlberg is really tough. The weather didn’t really want to today either. Rain, wind and cold temperatures were the constant companions today. On the long climb from sea level zero to 1300 meters, the field selected itself. Lukas Meiler was able to catch up with Colin Stüssi in the final third. Due to this crash 20 kilometers before the finish, Team Vorarlberg was denied a better position. The other Team Vorarlberg pros also made it through today without crashing. Today almost a bravura performance on the slippery roads.

No carnival in Antalya – tomorrow’s queen stage brings a preliminary decision

Tomorrow’s third stage will bring the preliminary decision. The stage from Kemer to Tahtali is quite short at 133 kilometers, but with over 3,000 meters of altitude difference, it’s a real challenge. A real touchstone for Meiler, Stüssi and Co!

Stage overview

08.02. Stage 1 Side – Antalya 135 km

09.02. Stage 2 Demre – Antalya 140.5 km

10.02. Stage 3 Kemer – Tahtali 133.5 km

11.02. Stage 4 Antalya – Antalya 183.9 km

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-antalya/2024/stage-2/overview

Info Tour of Antalya: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-antalya/2024/overview

Squad Team Vorarlberg Tour of Antalya UCI 2.1:Dominik Amann, Tomoya Koyama, Lukas Meiler, Felix Stehli, Colin Stüssi, Jon Knolle;

“Keep on riding!

 

Press service Team Vorarlberg

www.team-vorarlberg.at

office@proevent-cycling.at

Hectic start to the season for Team Vorarlberg at Tour of Antalya UCI 2.1

Today’s opening stage of the Tour of Antalya from the well-known vacation resort of Side to Antalya over 135 kilometers was the starting signal for Team Vorarlberg for a hopefully successful season. In changing weather conditions and recurring rain, all six Vorarlberg pros finished the stage without losing any time to the Belgian winner Timothy Dupont (Tarteletto-Isorex).

In a nutshell: rain, wind, slippery roads, 47 km/h average speed and a nervous starting field. Newcomer Tomoya Koyama from Japan was also involved in a crash. But everyone was fit and motivated for the next few days at the finish. Dominik Amann is the best 24th in today’s bunch sprint.

On the second stage tomorrow from Demre to Antalya over 140 kilometers, the classification riders will push themselves to the fore. After all, almost 2500 meters of climbing await on undulating terrain.

Stage overview

08.02. Stage 1 Side – Antalya 135 km

09.02. Stage 2 Demre – Antalya 140.5 km

10.02. Stage 3 Kemer – Tahtali 133.5 km

11.02. Stage 4 Antalya – Antalya 183.9 km

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-antalya/2024/stage-1

Info Tour of Antalya: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-antalya/2024/overview

Squad Team Vorarlberg Tour of Antalya UCI 2.1:Dominik Amann, Tomoya Koyama, Lukas Meiler, Felix Stehli, Colin Stüssi, Jon Knolle;

“Keep on riding!

 

Press service Team Vorarlberg

www.team-vorarlberg.at

office@proevent-cycling.at

Tour of Antalya UCI 2.1 – ready for race! Moran Vermeulen nominated for the Olympic squad in Paris

 

Tomorrow marks the start of the 26th season for Team Vorarlberg in Turkey at the Tour of Antalya. The first stage starts in Side and ends in Antalya. The UCI 2.1 tour over four stages is top-staffed with numerous pro teams from the highest categories.

 

Unfortunately, Moran Vermeulen and German newcomer Jannis Peter were unable to make the trip due to short-term viral illnesses. A flight was organized for Tomoya Koyama yesterday.

 

Moran Vermeulen: “I was fit all winter and would have been ready for Antalya. I’m annoyed because I was really looking forward to the early season opener. You can choose a lot of things, but the body still has a say. There are still a lot of races on the calendar. Now the focus is on Rhodes at the beginning of March!”

 

Stage overview

08.02. Stage 1 Side – Antalya 147.7 km

09.02. Stage 2 Demre – Antalya 140.5 km

10.02. Stage 3 Kemer – Tahtali 133.5 km

11.02. Stage 4 Antalya – Antalya 183.9 km

 

Info Tour of Antalya: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-antalya/2024/overview 

Start list: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-antalya/2024/startlist 

 

Team Vorarlberg Tour of Antalya UCI 2.1 squad: Dominik Amann, Tomoya Koyama, Lukas Meiler, Felix Stehli, Colin Stüssi, Jon Knolle;

 

Moran Vermeulen on the “long list” for the Olympics!

National coach Stefan Sölkner has nominated Team Vorarlberg pro Moran Vermeulen to the Austrian squad for Paris. It is a long list of the best professionals – mostly from the World Tour teams. So it is all the more pleasing that with Moran Vermeulen, a Team Vorarlberg pro now also has a legitimate chance at the Olympics. The team will do everything in its power to ensure that this path ends with a start in Paris!

 

“Keep on riding!

Team Vorarlberg is ready for the 2024 season – Tour of Antalya UCI 2.1 gives Vermeulen, Stüssi and Co. an early start to the season!

 

Team Vorarlberg has never started a season this early. But with the Tour of Antalya, a UCI category 2.1 tour over 605 kilometers, a “proper” challenge awaits. The four stages in the vacation region from February 8 – 11 should be the best basis for the tours on Rhodes at the beginning of March.

 

Top line-up at the gateway to the Turkish Mediterranean coast

There is something for both sprinters and classic riders on the four stages. For Team Vorarlberg, this early start to the race serves as a clear preparation tour for the remaining tasks. With numerous teams from the higher categories, the Tour of Antalya has a very prominent line-up.

Following teams, among others, adorn the start list: Bahrain-Victorios, Alpecin-Deceuninck, Uno-X Mobility, @36,5 Pro Team, Team Tudor, Polti-Kometa, CSF Bardiani, Bingol-WP, TDT-Unibet, etc.

 

In addition to Portugal Tour winner Colin Stüssi, Moran Vermeulen, Dominik Amann, Jannis Peter, Lukas Meiler, Felix Stehli and Jon Knolle will be racing for Team Vorarlberg.

 

Thomas Kofler – Team Manager:The invitation to this tour is good for us, everyone is looking forward to the start. The riders have come through the winter well so far and can lay a good foundation earlier than usual. Setting new stimuli also makes maximum sense, as we want to raise our performance level in a targeted manner. The competition is not resting, and this is also part of our drive. I wish the team a good start!”

 

Stage overview

08.02. Stage 1 Side – Antalya 147.7 km

09.02. Stage 2 Demre – Antalya 140.5 km

10.02. Stage 3 Kemer – Tahtali 133.5 km

11.02. Stage 4 Antalya – Antalya 183.9 km

 

Info Tour of Antalya: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-antalya/2024/overview

Start list: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-antalya/2024/startlist

 

Team Vorarlberg Tour of Antalya UCI 2.1 squad: Moran Vermeulen, Dominik Amann, Jannis Peter, Lukas Meiler, Felix Stehli, Colin Stüssi, Jon Knolle;

Team Vorarlberg wishes you a Merry Christmas! A broad-based squad of 14 riders is fixed and ready to attack again!

 

The team’s most successful year came to an end at the beginning of October with the Tour of Istanbul. A quarter of a century has also been completed.

All the more reason to take this opportunity to say a sincere and humble THANK YOU to all partners, sponsors, riders, support staff, press and media partners, as well as many companions and friends.

 

Thank you for the many great moments together. Thank you for the many experiences. Thank you for the many emotional successes we have achieved. Thank you for getting back up when things didn’t go so well. Thank you for everything you have achieved and your commitment to Team Vorarlberg in every form!

We have captured some of the moments in the attached pictures.

 

We wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas with your families. Good luck and good health for the new year. Despite turbulent times, we are looking forward to 2024 with motivation and confidence!

 

The very compact and broad-based team has been completed with the signing of team leader Colin Stüssi. The pros are working very hard in preparation for the coming season and send their best wishes to everyone.

 

Team Vorarlberg 2024 squad – 14 riders from four nations:

Moran VERMEULEN (26), Dominik AMANN (24), Nikolas RIEGLER (22), Kilian FEURSTEIN (20), Daniel HEIDEGGER (22), Laurin NENNING (19) – alle AUT

Pirmin BENZ (23), Lukas MEILER (28), Jon KNOLLE (24), Jannis PETER (23) – alle GER

Colin STÜSSI (30), Lukas RÜEGG (27), Felix STEHLI (23)  – alle SUI

Tomoya KOYAMA (25) – JAP

Early Christmas present for Team Vorarlberg! Portugal Rundfahrt overall winner Colin Stüssi continues with Team Vorarlberg!

 

This is the best news Team Vorarlberg could wish for before Christmas. Colin Stüssi, the 30-year-old Swiss rider from Näfels, is extending his contract after the strongest season of his career and will continue to attack for the Vorarlberg team in 2024.

 

With the extension of Stüssi’s contract, the squad is now complete with 14 riders. The stage and overall winner of the 84th Volta a Portugal UCI 2.1 in August this year has big plans for the coming season. Knowing him, his motivation is already huge.

 

“I’m really looking forward to racing with Team Vorarlberg again in 2024. Although I had offers from various teams, I opted for Vorarlberg. Because I think we can still achieve a lot with the team after last season. With the structure and the family atmosphere, it’s still the right team for me.

I want to build on my performance from the 2023 season next year. Then we’ll see what we can achieve.

The goal for the team is certainly to build on last year’s performance and team spirit. And that as many riders as possible get the chance to perform at their best in the races.

I’m currently preparing for the new season at home, just like last year.” so Colin Stüssi

 

Info about Colin Stüssi https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/colin-stussi

 

Diverse and broad-based team – five Vorarlbergers in the line-up

The broad-based squad includes a selection of experienced riders who will hold their own in the mountains and on stage races. Above all, however, the team also wants to have an important say on classic terrain in 2024. For the first time, five young riders from Vorarlberg will carry the colors of the local team into its 26th year.

Race calendar, equipment and lots and lots of training …

The management has been working on the race calendar for weeks. Meanwhile, all the riders work hard in preparation for their form. The team mechanics are busy setting up the BMC race bikes. As far as this sector in particular is concerned, we can already say “… we are right at the front here!”

Three new riders! With Daniel Heidegger and Kilian Feurstein, two local youngsters make their professional debut – Japanese Tomoya Koyama new on board

 

Two young riders from Vorarlberg will make their professional debut in 2024. Daniel Heidegger (22) and MTB national team rider Kilian Feurstein (20) will don the Team Vorarlberg jersey for the first time. Also new to the team is Japanese rider Tomoya Koyama (25).

 

Two Vorarlberg neo-pros with Daniel Heidegger and Kilian Feurstein

Youth in front of the curtain, as they often say. This credo will be upheld in the coming year with the commitment of the two up-and-coming talents from our own state.

The 20-year-old Kilian Feurstein, is no stranger to this. Feurstein is one of the best mountain bikers in Austria (2-time Austrian champion Juniors, U23) and has the necessary racing skills. He will be competing on both the MTB and road bike in 2024.

 

“I am very happy and grateful for the opportunity to ride for Team Vorarlberg. As a mountain biker, I now want to take off on the road, develop further, gain experience and support the team in the best possible way. I’m already looking forward to the coming year together with Team Vorarlberg and hope for a successful season!” says Kilian Feurstein

Information about Kilian Feurstein https://mtbdata.com/riders/kilian-feurstein

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Heidegger is a classic career changer. The all-round sportsman (motocross and skiing) has been passionate about racing bikes for several years and has already gained experience in a number of cycling marathons. His main focus is on the national cycling league, as well as races in Germany and Switzerland.

 

“For me personally, riding for Team Vorarlberg is an incredible opportunity to see how far I can go in this sport. Pushing the emerging boundaries further and further is one of my big goals for next year. I also want to fit into the team in the best possible way, learn as much as I can and support my teammates in the best possible way. The first year will certainly be a tough and instructive one, so I’m looking forward to this challenge all the more.” Daniel Heidegger on joining the team

 

“Konnichiwa” Tomoya Koyama

The friendly 25-year-old Japanese rider, who comes from Team Global 6 Cycling, has a special story to tell. A few years ago, Tomoya Koyama was still a sumo wrestler, reduced his static weight and has been competing in various teams on the Continental UCI Circuit since 2019. Koyama’s strengths are the fast races and when it comes to sprinting.

 

“I am very happy that I can join a strong and historic team and will give my best for the team. Thanks to Team Vorarlberg and all the people who have supported me. I would especially like to thank former Vorarlberg pro Victor De La Parte (note: he won the Tour of Austria for Team Vorarlberg in 2015). His family has always helped me and connected me with the team,” says Tomoya Koyama

Info https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/tomoya-koyama