Team Volksbank Corratec continues to firm up its squad for the 2009 season, announcing Friday the signing of Slovenian rider Matic Strgar and the extension for one-year with Alexander Gufler. The team will be known as Vorarlber-Corratec in the coming year.
Strgar, 26, turned pro in 2005 with Team Radenska. In 2006 he won the Trofeo Bianchin and a stage in the Tour of Slovakia. This year he finished third in the Trofeo Bianchin. "He is relatively unknown in the international scene, but he convinced me," said team manager Thomas Kofler.
Gufler, a 25-year-old Italian, extended his contract with the Austrian Professional Continental team for another year. He will "keep on learning and be helpful to the team," Kofler said.