by Susan Westemeyer
Team Volksbank has signed the Polish road champion Mariusz Witecki to a one-year contract, the Austrian Professional Continental team announced Friday. The 25-year-old, who rode last season for the Polish Continental team Intel-Action, turned down an offer from the ProTour's Sauner Duval in favor of Volksbank.
Witecki was a successful U-23 rider, who carried it over into his first year as a pro. The national title was also his first professional win. Volksbank Team Manager Thomas Kofler said that his new rider "has a strong character and likes to attack. His specialties are the classic one-day races and stage races, where the mountains aren't too high. Witecki looks for his success in small groups, he'll surprise a lot of people."