We have already presented the two most important changes: There are now two professional Continental Teams in Austria, Volksbank and Elk Simplon. There have also been a few changes one league below that: Four Continental Teams - of which Corratec Graz, which has not applied to renew its license, Swiag – in contrast – has, will try to make victory as difficult as possible for the two “big ones”.
Apo Sport Krone Linz
Hubert Stankovsky’s Linz team has not only changed its team name. The departure of Werner Riebenbauer, Patrick Riedesser and Christian Lener for Volksbank, Robert Lauscha's switch to Elk and Fritz Berein’s change to Team NÖ has created a major vacuum. However, Linz was successful in closing this open hole quite successfully. Particularly the signing of Jan Valach, who has cycled as part of the top teams De Nardi and ZWZ, enabled Stankovsky to bring a top cyclist to Austria. There were also changes in the attending crew: Corratec Graz no longer exists as a Continental Team this season, the Styrians wanted to establish themselves as a U23 team. Christoph Resl was snagged from there, and he brought Adam Hansen and Werner Faltheiner along with him at the same time. It is also interesting that mountain biker Michi Weiss, who is showing a growing interest in road cycling sports, also signed on. In the meantime Apo Sport is a loyal partner of the Linz team, new in the sponsors’ ranks is now the Kronen Zeitung. “Here I especially want to express my thanks to Franz Steinberger, who got Krone on board after Wiesbauer left“, says a delighted Stankovsky. The goals of Apo Sport Krone Linz are primarily focused on Austria: Top placements in the Österreich Rundfahrt [Austrian Tour] and the Uniqa Classic are being targeted. In addition, the cyclists are to gain experience in the international circuit, such as the Slovenia, Lower Saxony tour, the Saxony tour and some races in Italy.
Fahrer: BRADLEY Andrew AUT 14 Jul 1982 FALTHEINER Werner AUT 27 Apr 1975 HANSEN Adam AUS 11 May 1981 HERMAN Petr CZE 01 Jan 1974 LAUSCHA Georg AUT 01Sep 1987 NEUWEG Michael AUT 27.Sep 1983 PAURITSCH Jürgen AUT 02 May 1977 PÖMER Christian AUT 21Sep 1977 SIMON Andreas AUT 30 Apr 1986 VALACH Jan SVK 19 Aug 1973 WEISS Michael AUT 17 Jan 1981
There haven’t been that many changes in the Wels encampment: The team was and still is spearheaded by the long-time expert Maurizio Vandelli. The climbing specialist Andreas Ortner from Berchtesgaden is also still part of the team. A new addition is Mario Höller. On the other side of the coin, there have been quite a few alterations in the club’s structure: As the previous president Resch Paul can no longer carry out his duties due to health reasons - whereas he will still be available as a committed major sponsor, Team Manager Fritz Wöss was forced to look around for an alternative. And he was successful in finding it in the person of extreme athlete Wolfgang Fasching. The Styrian, who now lives by ear Wels, is to bring his excellent contacts to the business world to bear as President and secure a golden future for the team. Back to athletics: As in the past years, the entire team will be at their training camp in Cesenatico from 26 February until 12 March, during which time Vandelli is to form the team and whip it into shape. The dress rehearsal will take place on 26th March with the Giro del Mendisiotto. Naturally, all home races are also part of the schedule. “If we get the chance, then we also want to participate in the Friedens-Rundfahrt [Peace Tour] that will take place on 14 May in Linz. Our cyclists will also compete in the Bayern-Rundfahrt [Bavaria Tour], along with various races in Germany and Italy, says Team Manager Wöss.
Fahrer: BIERBAUER Oliver AUT 23 Sep 1977 HAUSER Patrick AUT 09 Dec 1984 HÖLLER Mario AUT 12 Apr 1979 HUMER Hans AUT KNAPP Andreas AUT 12 Mar 1971 MAIR Thomas AUT 12 Mar 1971 ORREGIA Marco Leonardo AUT 01 Aug 1986 ORTNER Andreas GER 03 Dec 1975 STEINKELLER Klaus AUT 14 Dec 1981 STRAUSS Christian AUT VANDELLI Maurizio ITA 09 Aug 1964 WINTER Gerit AUT
There have been a lot of changes in the Carinthian Continental Team Plast Recycling Austria. ”The team is 40 percent stronger today than last year," says Team Manager Hans Enzi confidently. In addition to the new pool of sponsors centered around Plast Recycling (“If we can prove ourselves by having successes, then the company could even increase its commitment further"), the man from Völkermarkt was able to haul in a further big fish: Dean Podgornik. The Slovene is supposed to garner the victories along with his compatriot Vid Ogris. The 25-year-old gained experience with Tenax in the last two years. Two years ago he already competed in the Giro d’Italia, last year he was able to finish the HC race Veenendaal-Veenendaal in second place behind the victor Paul van Schalen. ”Podgornik is highly motivated and should help us achieve third place in the Tchibo Cup team scoring. Last year we finished in the top five, in fourth place. That’s merely the logical next step for us", Enzi maintains. Two further team members, who have proven themselves to be valuable point-collectors and are under contract, are the tried and tested Paul Kasis and Christoph Kerschbaum. The season’s goals have been defined as follows: Participation in the Österreich Rundfahrt [Austrian Tour] and the Uniqa Classic, one-day victories at Cup races, and Enzi wants to see two of his cyclists in the U23 race at the World Cup event in home territory in Salzburg and one of his cyclists in the pro race. And the long-term goals? “Year after next I’d like us to be a professional team. We have the sponsors for it", says Enzi.
Fahrer: EBNER Christian AUT 20 Sep 1984 ENZI Christopher AUT 22 Feb 1985 HOFMEISTER Hanno AUT 11 Oct 1985 ISAK Christian AUT 02 Jan 1973 KASIS Paul AUT 31 Dec 1976 KERSCHBAUM Christoph AUT 24 Sep 1976 KOPEINIG René AUT 04 Feb 1983 OGRIS Vid SLO 03 Jan 1985 PAVLICEK David CZE 31 Mar 1976 PODGORNIK Dean SLO 03 Jul 1979
Contact: Hans Enzi Kaltenbrunner Straße 22 9100 Völkermarkt Tel. +43 4232 3500 Fax +43 4232 3500 e-Mail email@example.com
Last year the Swiag team celebrated its premiere. And it was more than successful: One just has to think of Jimmy Waflers’ victory at the kick-off race in Ansfelden. The team around Team Manager Michael Hoffman wants to continue along the same path. And that is: Aggressively promoting the work with youth. “We have to sow today to reap the harvest tomorrow,“ as it unequivocally states in the press folder. The first premise is to become Austria’s talent forge Number 1. That’s how the two rookies Norbert Dprauer and Patrick Hackl could be recruited for 2006. In addition to the elite team, Hoffmann also is planning an own junior team. But a glance at the team roster shows that the old hands aren’t getting short-changed, either: Besides regular member Roland Wafler, Hoffmann is pleased about re-signing the frequent mountain champion and winner’s podium regular of the Austrian Tour [Österreich Rundfahrt] Hans-Peter Obwaller, who is to be staunchly supported by ex-Tchibo Cup victor Ralph Scherzer, Rok Jerse, Uros Silar and – last but not least - Adam Homolka. Preparatory races in Croatia and Mallorca are to provide the first fine-tuning, after that the Swiag Teka team will be part of all important Austrian races. Hoffmann indicates that the final big goal is the World Championship home race in Salzburg: “We want to have at least one cyclist at the starting line there.“
Fahrer: DRESCHER Andreas AUT 14 Jan 1986 DURAUER Norbert AUT 01 Feb 1986 EGERT Daniel AUT 25 Apr 1986 HACKL Patrick AUT 08 Apr 1985 HOMOLKA Adam CZE 12 Feb 1979 JAUK Johann AUT 28 Jan 1980 JERSE Rok SLO 16 Mar 1981 KATZENSTEINER Hermann AUT 28 Aug 1968 LEGLER Andreas AUT 26 Jun 1972 LEXMÜLLER Mario AUT 11 Nov 1982 OBWALLER Hans Peter AUT 17 Jun 1971 SCHERZER Ralph AUT 27 Oct 1978 SILAR Uros SLO 17 Jul 1978 TSCHELLNIGG Christoph AUT 18 Apr 1984 WAFLER Roland AUT 20 Apr 1972
Contact: Michael Hoffmann Wolfgang-Pauli-Gasse 5 1140 Wien Tel. +43 1970 1830 0 Fax +43 1970 1811 0 e-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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