Austrians under way...

Team Volksbank's appearance in the Deutschland Tour is the first by an Austrian team in a Pro Tour...

Team Volksbank's appearance in the Deutschland Tour is the first by an Austrian team in a Pro Tour race, and team manager Thomas Kofler was pleased with his team's performance Sunday in a stage which ran through Austria. "Our guys rode well, presented themselves well and were a great advertisement for cycling. This is the Pro Tour, we can't forget that.. We have to get used to things on this level. It's a lot of fun."

Captain Gerrit Glomser had hoped to win the stage, but couldn't match up to winner Levi Leipheimer. "They went up the mountain so fast, I simply couldn't go with them," he said. He was well placed going in to the climb, but needed time to come in his own rhythm. "When I got into my rhythm, they were already gone," he said. "My goal was a place in the top 15, which I haven't achieved. So I really can't be satisfied."

On the other hand, Austrian Rene Haselbacher of Team Gerolsteiner was more than satisfied with his seventh place overall in the Tour of Denmark. "Here I have started my preparations for the Vuelta and the Worlds," he said. "I came to this race direct from training and feel myself stronger than ever in the whole season."

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