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 involvment 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 leage 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 noteable 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 27)
 Žolt Dér (HUN) (1983-03-25) 25 March 1983 (age 33)
 Gian Friesecke (SUI) (1994-11-26) 26 November 1994 (age 22)
 Daniel Geismayr (AUT) (1989-08-28) 28 August 1989 (age 27)
 Maximilian Hammerle (AUT) (1993-06-25) 25 June 1993 (age 23)
 Reinier Honig (NED) (1983-10-28) 28 October 1983 (age 33)
 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 23)
 Fabian Lienhard (SUI) (1993-09-03) 3 September 1993 (age 23)
 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 26)
 Théry Schir (SUI) (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 24)
 Fran Zurita (ESP) (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 25)

Major results[edit]

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