Team Volksbank's Andreas Matzbacher has died in a car accident on Christmas eve after losing controle of his car and crashing
into a signpost. The team announced the tragedy of its rider on Tuesday. The 25 year old Austrian rider was pronounced dead
at the scene.
In a statement at the team website www.team-volksbank.com, the Team said: "In deepest shock, Team Volksbank announces that our rider, friend and colleague Andreas Matzbacher lost
his life yesterday, December 24, 2007, in the evening hours in a tragic accident." The statement concluded: "At
the age of 25 years, 'Mazi' was torn out of life on Christmas Eve and leaves a deep hole in our midst. The whole team expresses
its sympathy to his family."
Matzbacher turned professional with the Italian Saeco team in 2004. He raced with Lampre in 2005 and signed with Team Volksbank in 2006.
Cyclingheroes extends its condolences to the team and family.