By Susan Westemeyer
German Rene Weissinger will stay with Team Volksbank for another year, the Austrian Professional Continental team announced yesterday. The 28 year-old all-rounder hopes to ride the Deutschland Tour and the Tour de Suisse in the coming year.
He did not have any wins this season but had top ten finish stage results in the Deutschland Tour and the Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt. "I want to build on these successes," he said, "and finally win a race again." If the team is invited to the two ProTour races next year, which he has set as his goal, "then I trust myself to win a stage. It will be hard, but not impossible. I want to at least get on the podium, which I almost made this year."
Weissinger turned pro in 2002 with Team Rothaus. He rode for Team Vermarc Sportswear for a year before joining Volksbank in 2004. He then passed a year, 2006, with the Dutch Skil-Shimano team before returning to the Austrian team.