Pirmin Benz and Lukas Meiler convince with ninth and tenth place at German professional cross championship – Team Vorarlberg pros with ideal conditions in preparation


“That was fun!” said Lukas Meiler after the race, last Sunday in Munich’s Olympic Park. Shortly decided the Team Vorarlberg captain has agreed after five years of cross break at the German championships. In the race over 60 minutes and one lap, he finished a strong tenth. Pirmin Benz, this year’s newcomer, dueled with Lukas Meiler for a long time in the muddy and super heavy race and finished an excellent ninth.

Partner and sponsor of the team, Dominik Dietrich (Hairstyling Dietrich), was on hand as a spectator and helper.


Lukas Meiler:After starting from the back row, I was able to work my way up to 17th place on the first lap. In the course of the race I fought my way up to tenth place. Despite a few small mistakes and not yet being in top form, I’m satisfied. It was a lot of fun and it will help me to build up my form further. Towards the season opener in Rhodes a good load!”


Result German Cross Championships 2023 / Olympic Park Munich:

1st Sascha Weber

2nd Marcel Meisen

3rd Michael Gaßner

9th Pirmin Benz GER / Team Vorarlberg

  1. Lukas Meiler GER / Team Vorarlberg


The clock is ticking! Team Vorarlberg pros in the midst of preparation for a “hot” season!

On March 4, the 25th season for the professional group from Vorarlberg starts with the South Aegean Tour UCI 2.2 in Greece. Then it goes blow after blow with numerous races. The preparations of the professionals have been running at full speed since November. Numerous riders took advantage of the mild temperatures in Central Europe for their training at home with long units.


Oscar Cabedo reports 20 to 25 degrees in his home around Onda in Spain. Linus Stari, Lukas Meiler and Lukas Rüegg hit the roads in Mallorca and Gran Canaria respectively. Moran Vermeulen has chosen France as his long-term winter training base. Peter Inauen has already been busy collecting kilometers in Finale Ligure (ITA). Antoine Berlin is training around Monaco with numerous pros from other teams.

The mood among all the riders couldn’t be better, as most of them are on track with their preparations.


Stay strong, training hard Guys!

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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


Info about Lukas Rüegg: https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/lukas-ruegg


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.”


Info on Antoine Berlin: https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/antoine-berlin/start


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.


Info about Moran Vermeulen: https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/moran-vermeulen/start


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.”


Info on Jon Knolle: https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/jon-knolle


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.

Info about Lukas Meiler: https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/lukas-meiler

 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.

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

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.

Info about Dominik Amann: https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/dominik-amann/start

Info about Linus Stari: https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/linus-stari/start

Info about Nikolas Riegler: https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/nikolas-riegler/start

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.

Info on Oscar Cabedo: https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/oscar-cabedo/start

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.

Info about Pirmin Benz: https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/pirmin-benz/start

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

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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: https://youtu.be/69DmwW4X960

Link in the bio!

Many thanks to the wdf and all guests!


Team Vorarlberg with perfect season ending at the CRO Race – Alexis Guerin overall winner of the mountain classification and eleventh place in the individual classification!


The 24th season ended today with the last stage at the world-class CRO Race UCI 2.1 in Croatia. And it did so in the manner of quite a few 2022 stage and one-day races. After a great team performance in the last six stages, Alexis Guerin wins the overall mountain classification in impressive fashion ahead of Oscar Only (GBR/Team DSM) and this year’s Tour winner Jonas Vingegaard (DEN/Jumbo-Visma).

In the overall classification, Guerin finishes eleventh as by far the best rider from a Continental team.


Matej Mohoric snatches the overall victory from Tour winner Vingegaard on the finish line!

Today’s stage winner in the mass sprint from Sveta to Zagreb over 158 kilometers was the Italian Elia Viviani (Ineos-Grenadiers) ahead of the Slovenian Matej Mohoric (Bahrain). On the final lap, however, the tireless Alexis Guerin attacked again, but was put back. Mohoric got the necessary bonus seconds with the second stage place, and wins the tour with the minimum lead of one second over Jonas Vingegaard!


Team Vorarlberg in the middle of the top teams in the world – ninth place in the team classification!

Since last Tuesday, the Vorarlberg team has been super-present every day on Eurosport 1. There was a rider in every top group. In conclusion, the TV commentators attested Team Vorarlberg a great performance today. This is also reflected in the team classification. Stari, Amann and Co. finish ninth overall among 20 teams, ahead of World Teams Trek-Segafredo and Israel-Premiertech.


“To stand together with the current Tour de France winner at an award ceremony is really strong, and for a team that is severely outgunned in terms of budget, it’s a decent proof of quality after all. The guys prepared this very well and executed their tasks perfectly. Even the biggest teams in the world recognized this and congratulated them.” Summary Werner Salmen – Sports Director


Stage result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-croatia/2022/stage-6

Mountain classification: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-croatia/2022/stage-6-kom

Overall classification: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-croatia/2022/gc

Team classification: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-croatia/2022/stage-6-teams


Squad: Linus Stari, Roland Thalmann, Alexis Guerin, Dominik Amann, Lukas Meiler, Mathias Reutimann;


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 Team Vorarlberg pro Alexis Guerin secures the mountain jersey early on the queen stage – Tour winner Jonas Vingegaard new leader!

 The fifth stage from Opatija to Labin over 154 kilometres with 2920 metres of altitude difference was the stage in which the overall classification was once again turned upside down.

Also on day five there was no leading group without Team Vorarlberg. The first climb of the day was a real challenge. All the riders who still had a chance in the overall standings were at

the front of the field.

Alexis Guerin defends his lead in the overall classification and finishes excellent 14th in the day’s classification!

At the final climb in Labin, Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) was able to break away from his opponents and won ahead of Oscar Onley (Development Team DSM) and Matej Mohorič

(Bahrain – Victorious). Alexis Guerin finished in an excellent 14th place.

Alexis Guerin collected more valuable points for the mountain classification and secured the overall classification early.

The sixth and last stage leads tomorrow, Sunday, from Sveta Nedelja over 158 kilometres to Zagreb.

 Stage overview:

1st stage 27.9. / Osijek – Ludbreg / 223.5 km 710 m

2nd stage 28.9. / Otočac – Zadar / 163 km 1170 m

3rd stage 29.9. / Sinj – Primošten / 157 km 1505 m

4th stage 30.9. / Biograd na Moru – Crikvenica / 219 km 2050 m

5th stage 1.10. / Opatija – Labin / 154 km 2920 m

6th stage 2.10. / Sveta Nedelja – Zagreb / 158 km 720 m

CRO RACE LIVE: All stages will be broadcasted live daily from 1 p.m. on Eurosport 1.

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-croatia/2022/stage-5

Start list: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-croatia/2022/gc/startlist

Squad: Linus Stari, Roland Thalmann, Alexis Guerin, Dominik Amann, Lukas Meiler, Mathias Reutimann;

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 Team Vorarlberg also present on Eurosport on day four – Linus Stari with a great performance in the leading group – Alexis Guerin takes the lead in the mountain classification!

The fourth stage of the six-day tour led the participants along the coastal road from Biograd na Moru to Crikvenica over 219 km.

In changing weather conditions, Team Vorarlberg riders were again represented in the leading group today with the young Vorarlberg rider Linus Stari.

Shortly before the last sprint in Novi Vindolski, the group merged with the peloton. On the very twisty final lap, Alexis Guerin once again scored valuable points for the mountain classification.

Lukas Meiler still in top position among the world class!

The sprint of the day was won by the Frenchman Axel Laurance (B&B Hotels – KTM) ahead of Jonathan Milan (Bahrain – Victorious) and Matej Mohorič (Bahrain – Victorious).

Lukas Meiler from Team Vorarlberg finished at the same time as the overall leaders of the Tour. By scoring points in the last mountain classification of the day, Alexis Guerin was able to take the lead in the mountain classification. A great partial success!

Tomorrow, Saturday, the royal stage from Opatija to Labin follows over 154 km with 2920 metres of altitude difference. A decision in the overall classification is expected here.

 Stage overview:

1st stage 27.9. / Osijek – Ludbreg / 223.5 km 710 m

2nd stage 28.9. / Otočac – Zadar / 163 km 1170 m

3rd stage 29.9. / Sinj – Primošten / 157 km 1505 m

4th stage 30.9. / Biograd na Moru – Crikvenica / 219 km 2050 m

5th stage 1.10. / Opatija – Labin / 154 km 2920 m

6th stage 2.10. / Sveta Nedelja – Zagreb / 158 km 720 m

CRO RACE LIVE: All stages will be broadcasted live daily from 3 p.m. on Eurosport 1.

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-croatia/2022/stage-4

Start list: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-croatia/2022/gc/startlist

Squad: Linus Stari, Roland Thalmann, Alexis Guerin, Dominik Amann, Lukas Meiler, Mathias Reutimann;

 Press Service Team Vorarlberg