Konrad, Mühlberger, Pöstlberger and Großschartner extend with BORA - hansgrohe.
All Austrians extend their contracts with BORA – hansgrohe until the end of 2020. Their development in the past was more than promising and the team is happy to continue this successful story with them in the future.
“All our Austrians developed really well in the last years. They matured to key performers of our team, and we are happy to continue this successful relationship with them. Especially Patrick – with his 7thplace at the Giro – had a real breakthrough in 2018 and deserves a leader roll in 2019. With Lukas we keep on planning in direction of the Classics, while Gregor is a true allrounder with lots of potentials. Felix was the first season with us and he had a strong spring with a 10thplace at Paris-Nice. He still needs some time to develop and we wanted to send a signal that he will get this time at BORA - hansgrohe.” – Ralph Denk, Team Manager
“My season so far was almost perfect, the Giro was a true highlight. I stepped up to become a Grand Tour contender and the team played a key role in this process. Ralph Denk gave me the chance to develop step by step, without any pressure. I am happy that we can keep on progressing in the future together. I feel great support from the team, the environment is highly professional. BORA – hansgrohe is the perfect team for me.” – Patrick Konrad
“It’s always nice to extend an agreement early, it gives you the opportunity to focus on cycling. At BORA – hansgrohe also the young riders get their chances. This is key in terms of development. I think with my Tour Tour de France debut and my first WorldTour win, I fulfilled all expectations. But I want to keep on progressing, and to do so, a strong and dedicated team is key. BORA – hansgrohe is both. Nevertheless, there is always room for jokes and we have lots of fun, especially between us Austrians in the team.” – Gregor Mühlberger
“My spring was frustrating. But from the national championships onwards all went pretty well. I took my second title in the road race and was selected for the Tour de France. All the time the team was supporting me, and I could feel their trust. I am happy we agreed early about a contract extension. I still want to grow as a rider and take on more responsibility in the future at BORA – hansgrohe.” – Lukas Pöstlberger
“I felt really comfortable at BORA – hansgrohe from the beginning. We have a great spirit in the team and I am really happy to have already extended my contract with them. To feel their trust gives me lots of confidence. 2018 was my first full season at WorldTour level, I achieved some strong results and did a good Giro. But I still need to work on consistency. BORA – hansgrohe supplies the perfect environment for that next step in my career.” – Felix Großschartner