Team Vorarlberg

Team Vorarlberg (UCI team code: VBG) is a cycling team based in Austria. The team was founded in 1999 by the twin brothers Thomas Kofler 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]

Team Vorarlberg
Team information
UCI code
  • VOL (2002–2005, 2016–2018)
  • VBG (2006–2015, 2019–)
RegisteredAustria
Founded1999 (1999)
Discipline(s)Road
StatusContinental
Key personnel
General managerThomas Kofler
Team manager(s)
  • Florent Horeau
  • Cornel Enzler
  • Johann Innerhofer
  • Johannes Kofler
  • Jürgen Schatzmann
  • René Stüssi
Team name history
1999–2000
2001
2002–2003
2004–2005
2005–2008
2009–2010
2011–2017
2018–2020
2021–
ÖAMTC Volksbank–Colnago
Volksbank–Schwinn
Volksbank–Ideal (VOL)
Volksbank–Ideal Leingruber (VOL)
Volksbank–Vorarlberg
Vorarlberg–Corratec (VBG)
Team Vorarlberg
Team Vorarlberg Santic
Team Vorarlberg (VBG)

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 rosterEdit

 
The team at the 2015 Grand Prix des Marbriers.
As of 28 February 2021.[4]
Rider Date of birth
  Dominik Amann (AUT) (1999-02-12) 12 February 1999 (age 22)
  Daniel Federspiel (AUT) (1987-04-21) 21 April 1987 (age 33)
  Filippo Fortin (ITA) (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 32)
  Alexis Guérin (FRA) (1992-06-06) 6 June 1992 (age 28)
  Maximilian Kuen (AUT) (1992-05-26) 26 May 1992 (age 28)
  Lukas Meiler (GER) (1995-02-14) 14 February 1995 (age 26)
  Martin Meiler (GER) (1998-03-19) 19 March 1998 (age 23)
  Felix Meo (NZL) (1997-04-03) 3 April 1997 (age 24)
Rider Date of birth
  Adrià Moreno (ESP) (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 29)
  Nikolas Riegler (AUT) (2001-09-15) 15 September 2001 (age 19)
  Johannes Schinnagel (GER) (1996-05-29) 29 May 1996 (age 24)
  Linus Stari (AUT) (1998-01-04) 4 January 1998 (age 23)
  Colin Stüssi (SUI) (1993-06-04) 4 June 1993 (age 27)
  Roland Thalmann (SUI) (1993-08-05) 5 August 1993 (age 27)
  Markus Wildauer (AUT) (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 22)

Major winsEdit

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
Stage 5 Tour of China I, Grischa Janorschke
2015
Paris–Mantes-en-Yvelines, Nicolas Baldo
Overall Flèche du Sud, Víctor de la Parte
Stage 2 Oberösterreichrundfahrt, Víctor de la Parte
  Overall Tour of Austria, Víctor de la Parte
Stages 4 & 6 Tour of Austria, Víctor de la Parte
2018
   Switzerland U23 National Time Trial Championships, Lukas Ruegg
Stages 3 (ITT) & 4 Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc, Patrick Schelling
Stage 2 Kreiz Breizh Elites, Jannik Steimle
Prologue Tour de Hongrie, Patrick Schelling
Stage 3 (ITT) Okolo Jižních Čech, Patrick Schelling
Stage 5 Okolo Jižních Čech, Jannik Steimle
2019
Stage 1a (ITT) CCC Tour - Grody Piastowskie, Jannik Steimle
Stage 4 Flèche du Sud, Jannik Steimle
Overall Oberösterreichrundfahrt, Jannik Steimle
Stage 1, Jannik Steimle
Stage 2 Le Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc, Colin Stüssi
Prologue & Stage 5 Tour of Austria, Jannik Steimle
2021
Stage 1 Istrian Spring Trophy, Filippo Fortin

National ChampionsEdit

2002
  Ireland Time Trial Championship, David McCann
2004
  Greece Road Race Championship, Vasilis Anastopoulos
  Austria Road Race Championship, Harald Morscher
2005
  Greece Road Race Championship, Vasilis Anastopoulos
2012
  Slovenia Time Trial Championship, Robert Vrečer

Known former ridersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  4. ^ "Team Vorarlberg". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 28 February 2021. Retrieved 28 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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