Volksbank "gained important experience" in Zürich

Austrian Continental Team Volksbank knew that the Championship of Zürich was going to be a hard race...

Austrian Continental Team Volksbank knew that the Championship of Zürich was going to be a hard race, and hoped either to do well or to go down "with banners flying." But it didn't really turn out that way. "After a great start, we had trouble keeping up," said captain Gerrit Glomser. "Afterwards it was a little quieter, but the field got continually smaller. When 20 riders got away in the third lap, there was a lot of uncertainty. Everybody looked at each other but nobody reacted!"

Glomser ended up in a 30-man following group with teammates Pascal Hungerbühler and Andres Matzbacher. The group gradually fell apart in the cold and wet weather, and both Glomser and Matzbacher dropped out of the race after 200 km. "There wasn't any sense in going on. I had cramps and could hardly keep my bike under control," said a disappointed Glomser. "I had so much planned, and I can't explain this breakdown. I'm healthy, my form is good, I feel well, and then something like this happens."

Team Manager Thomas Kofler wasn't too disappointed. "It was an enormous torture, but we gained some important experience. The team's mood was good." And most importantly, "Now we know what we have to work on this winter."

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