Team Vorarlberg

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Team Vorarlberg
Team information
UCI code VOL
Registered Austria
Founded 1999 (1999)
Discipline Road
Status Continental
Key personnel
General manager Thomas Kofler
Team manager(s) Werner Salmen
Marcello Albasini
Hans Innerhofer
Team name history
1999–2000
2001
2002–2003
2004–2005
2005–2008
2009–2010
2011–
ÖAMTC Volksbank–Colnago
Volksbank–Schwinn
Volksbank–Ideal
Volksbank–Ideal Leingruber
Volksbank–Vorarlberg
Vorarlberg–Corratec
Team Vorarlberg

Team Vorarlberg (UCI team code: VOL) is a cycling team based in Austria. The team was founded in 1999 by the twin brothers Thomas and Johannes Kofler and previously known as Team Volksbank. In 2009, the Austrian federal state of Vorarlberg replaced Volksbank as title sponsor. In 2006 it became the first ever Austrian professional cycling team and was registered as a UCI Professional Continental team until June 2010, when their UCI license was suspended due to financial insecurity.[1] The team was later re-registered as a UCI Continental team, and retained that status in 2011.[2]

In 2007, the team received international attention when former German Tour de France-winner Jan Ullrich announced to join the team in an official function after having been suspended by his T-Mobile Team due to his involvement in the Operación Puerto doping case.[3] After pressure from the team's sponsors, the plan was discarded. Team Vorarlberg was the first Austrian cycling team to participate in events of the UCI ProTour, the top tier racing league in professional cycling. It did so by receiving a wild card for the 2007 Deutschland Tour, also returning in 2008 with Daniel Musiol winning the mountains classification. From 2007 to 2009 it also raced three times at the Tour de Suisse (winning the sprint classification both with Florian Stalder in 2007 and with René Weissinger in 2008) as well as joining the 2009 Tour of Flanders. Other notable results besides several national champion titles include the overall victory at the 2015 Tour of Austria by Victor de la Parte.

Team roster 2017[edit]

The team at the 2015 Grand Prix des Marbriers.
Rider Date of birth
 Sebastian Baldauf (GER) (1989-02-22) 22 February 1989 (age 28)
 Manuel Bosch (AUT) (1989-04-28) 28 April 1989 (age 28)
 Žolt Dér (HUN) (1983-03-25) 25 March 1983 (age 34)
 Gian Friesecke (SUI) (1994-11-26) 26 November 1994 (age 23)
 Maximilian Hammerle (AUT) (1993-06-25) 25 June 1993 (age 24)
 Reinier Honig (NED) (1983-10-28) 28 October 1983 (age 34)
 Patrick Jäger (AUT) (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 23)
Rider Date of birth
 Michael Kucher (AUT) (1993-03-26) 26 March 1993 (age 24)
 Fabian Lienhard (SUI) (1993-09-03) 3 September 1993 (age 24)
 Lukas Meiler (GER) (1995-02-14) 14 February 1995 (age 22)
 Martin Meiler (GER) (1998-03-19) 19 March 1998 (age 19)
 Patrick Schelling (SUI) (1990-05-01) 1 May 1990 (age 27)
 Théry Schir (SUI) (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 24)
 Francesc Zurita Martinez (ESP) (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 25)

Major wins[edit]

2002
 Ireland Time Trial Championship, David McCann
Porec Trophy 6, Fraser McMaster
Stage 3 Tour of Rhodes, Vasilis Anastopoulos
Manx International, David McCann
2003
Prologue, Istrian Spring Trophy, Jean Nuttli
Sacrifice Cup, Philippe Schnyder
Overall Tour of Hellas, Vasilis Anastopoulos
Stage 2, Vasilis Anastopoulos
Stage 5, Tour of Slovenia, Jure Golčer
Overall Brandenburg Rundfahrt, Jean Nuttli
Stage 1b, Jean Nuttli
Duo Normand, Jean Nuttli & Philippe Schnyder
2004
 Greece Road Race Championship, Vasilis Anastopoulos
 Austria Road Race Championship, Harald Morscher
Köln-Bonn, Pascal Hungerbuhler
2005
 Greece Road Race Championship, Vasilis Anastopoulos
Berner Rundfahrt, Rene Weissinger
2007
Stage 6 Tour of Austria, Gerrit Glomser
2008
Stage 2 Bayern-Rundfahrt, Olaf Pollack
2nd Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt, Andreas Dietziker
2009
Stage 8 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, Sebastian Siedler
Stage 6 Danmark Rundt, Sebastian Siedler
2010
Stage 2 Oberösterreichrundfahrt, Josef Benetseder
2012
 Slovenia Time Trial Championship, Robert Vrečer
Stage 3 Tour du Loir-et-Cher, Robert Vrečer
Overall Tour of Greece, Robert Vrečer
Stage 1, Robert Vrečer
Overall Oberösterreichrundfahrt, Robert Vrečer
Stage 1, Robert Vrečer
Stage 1 Tour du Gévaudan Languedoc-Roussillon, Robert Vrečer
2013
Stage 1 Oberösterreichrundfahrt, Florian Bissinger
2014
Stage 5 Tour de Taiwan, Fabian Schnaidt
Stage 2 Paris–Arras Tour, Fabian Schnaidt
Stages 1 & 6 Tour of Iran, Fabian Schnaidt
2015
Paris–Mantes-en-Yvelines, Nicolas Baldo
Overall Flèche du Sud, Víctor de la Parte
Stage 2 Oberösterreichrundfahrt, Víctor de la Parte
A jersey with a yellow design Overall Tour of Austria, Víctor de la Parte
Stages 4 & 6 Tour of Austria, Víctor de la Parte

National Champions[edit]

2002
MaillotIrlanda.PNG Ireland Time Trial Championship, David McCann
2004
Maillot Greece.png Greece Road Race Championship, Vasilis Anastopoulos
MaillotAustria.PNG Austria Road Race Championship, Harald Morscher
2005
Maillot Greece.png Greece Road Race Championship, Vasilis Anastopoulos
2012
MaillotEslovenia.PNG Slovenia Time Trial Championship, Robert Vrečer

Known former riders[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UCI suspends Vorarlberg-Corratec's licence". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Vorarlberg-Corratec confirms first two riders for 2011". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Volksbank and Ullrich: "The sensation is perfect!"". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 

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