Andreas Müller's bronze medal in the men's scratch race Thursday at the Track World Championships was Austria's first such medal in six years. The team toasted the winner afterwards with only orange juice, as a further celebration promised next week.
"It is a great satisfaction to me to get this success in the Austrian national jersey." Müller said.
Müller, 29, was born in Berlin, Germany, and has numerous German track titles. He rode for Austria for two years.
He is a self-described "perfectionist", who said that a dream was fulfilled with the medal. On the website of the Austrian Cycling Federation, he said, "Before all big competitions I pay attention to a thousand things: from the preparation and training to the nutrition, sleep, motivation and of course the perfect material."
The three-man Austrian team had a low-key celebration because they all face further races on Friday. "The whole team toasted with orange juice and went to bed early," said coach Roland Wafler. "We will have the proper celebration next Tuesday, after the Austrian Omnium Championships in Vienna." (SW)