Team Vorarlberg-Corratec will be the first Austrian team to ride in the Ronde van Vlaanderen. The Professional Continental team received a 'wild card' invitation to ride the Classic race next month.
Team manager Thomas Kofler said that he had not expected the 'wild card'. "The Ronde is not just any race, this is the Mount Olympus of cycling," he said. The Austrian noted that the invitation made up for the difficulties the team had gone through to secure its future. "The belief and commitment to cycling can move mountains, maybe even also the hellingen in Flanders."
The team has already selected three riders to send to the race, René Haselbacher, René Weissinger and Belgian newcomer Wim Van Huffel.