Leopard-Trek has announced the signing of Austrian rider Thomas Rohregger, who last rode for Milram.
The 28-year-old Rohregger, regarded as solid climbing talent, had signed with the now-defunct Australian Pegasus team for the 2011, but that team collapsed before riders even had a chance to race due to weak financing. Rohregger said he never gave up his training and comes to his new team in solid shape, but is missing some form due to have missed racing in the early season.
“Thomas comes to us a little late in the signing process and through the misfortune of another team’s license application,” said Leopard-Trek general manager Brian Nygaard. “But we are really glad to have him at any time. I am sure he will add greatly to our team.”
“I couldn’t be happier about having the opportunity to race with such a strong team,” Rohregger says. “Since there are several of my friends from my days at Milram and Elk House here already, I know that I will enjoy the atmosphere and camaraderie.”
The native of Innsbruck won the 2008 Tour of Austria while a member of the Elk Haus-Simplon team.
“I live in the Tyrol region of Austria, so I have to be able to climb, or I wouldn’t be able to train!” Rohregger joked. “I really like the hillier races and I am excited to have a chance to show this team my qualities in that type of terrain”.
Rohregger’s first entry to the scene will very likely be at the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya.
The rest of his race program is still being worked out, but with his strengths and ability to contribute to the team goals, there is no doubt that he will fit into the squad very smoothly.
“Though the details of my program and role on the team are still under discussion, I’m hoping to ride the Giro again”, Rohregger says. “There is a lot of climbing, and two of the stages even run through my home region. I have had good days in the Giro, so I hope to build on those experiences.”