Andreas Matzbacher dies in car accident

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26.12.2007/  Team Volksbank announced that Andreas Matzbacher died after a car accident on Christmas eve.

(© Team Volksbank
Andreas Matzbacher 07.01.1982 - 24.12.2007 (© Team Volksbank)

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, 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.

Andreas Matzbacher
Born: January 7, 1982
Died: December 24, 2007
Place of birth: Graz, Austria
Height: 1.76 mtr
Weight: 61 Kg
Turned Pro: 2004
2006 - 2007 Team Volksbank
2005:          Lampre - Caffita
2004:          Saeco
2004: GP Jugenddorf - Straßengel
2003: U23 Austrian National road race Championships
2003: Stage 4 Select - Steiermark Tour
2003: Bergrennen (Mountain race) Koralm

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