Thomas Kofler : "At last weeks first team meeting there definitely was a great harmony"

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08.12.2007 / Team Volksbank had a strong season with important wins for Gerrit Glomser and the sprinters jersey for Swiss rider Florian Stalder at this years edition of the Tour de Suisse. For the upcoming season the team signed German sprinter Olaf Pollack. Cyclingheroes spoke with team manager Thomas Kofler.

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Olaf Pollack during this years Paris-Roubaix (picture: cyclingheroes)

Cyclingheroes: Are you satisfied with the past season?

Thomas Kofler: Yes, we can look back with great satisfaction on the 2007 season. It was a solid and mature performance. The team was strong and did what was required during our highlights of the season. These days such performances are more credible as demolishing your rivals from February until October.

Cyclingheroes: Pro cycling is having a deep crisis in Germany, how does the situation in Austria looks like?

Thomas Kofler: Not much different. Unfortunally the Austrian media are looking to often at the occurrences in Germany. Although we try to go the other way for years now, with good support and solid performances. At the end of the day, regardlesly they lump us together. 

Cyclingheroes: With Olaf Pollack you signed a strong sprinter for the team. What do you expect of him?

Thomas Kofler: When he shows what he already showed before, we will be very satified [Thomas Kofler smiles]

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Thomas Kofler works hard to grow Team Volksbank (picture: Cyclingheroes)

Cyclingheroes: Can you say something about the other new signings? [Team Volksbank also signed Andreas Dietziker (SWI/LPR), Alexander Egger (AUT/Neo-Pro), Elias Schmäh (SWI/Hadimec), Christoph Sokoll (AUT/Neo-Pro)]
Thomas Kofler: The same here. We expect that they can persue their further developement better in our professional setting  and cash in on results. At last week’s  first team meeting there definitely was a great harmony.

Cyclingheroes: Gerrit Glomser and Florian Stalder renewed their contract, which role do they have in the team?
Thomas Kofler: Certainly they have got some sort of leading position. Gerrit for the general classification for stage races like the Tour de Suisse and the Tour of Austria and Florian has got everything in him to top his performance of 2007 and to achieve his first professional win.
Thomas Kofler: By continue our work like we do now. We will continue to grow our team step by step and than it will come by itself. Ofcourse it also depends from the backers. We are working very hard on it.
Cyclingheroes: What are the main goals of the Volksbank team in the upcoming season?
Thomas Kofler: The Tour of Austria, Tour de Suisse, Tour of Germany and to be able to perform well at more Pro-Tour races. Furthermore we want to bring riders to the Olympics and the worlds and ofcourse bring forward the developement of young riders.
Cyclingheroes: We wish you and the team succes for the 2008 season!
Thomas Kofler: Thanks!

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