Matthias Brändle, the current Austrian Road and Time Trial Champion, is a new addition to Trek-Segafredo for 2017, arriving after four years with the now defunct IAM Cycling Team. He is known for his strength in time trials and established a new hour record in October 2014, a month after Jens Voigt first set the new standard under the revamped UCI regulations. Matthias marks the incredible effort as his best career result to date; a special moment he will cherish forever and one that gave him confidence and changed his mental approach to races.
Matthias began competitive cycling at 14, initially in mountain biking before turning to the road a few years later. It soon became apparent that road cycling suited his skills and he quickly blossomed, winning the overall in the prestigious junior stage race in Germany, the Trofeo Karlsberg, in 2007. His professional debut came with the UCI Pro-Continental team Elk Haus in 2009 and a year later he joined his first UCI ProTeam, Footon-Servetto-Fuji, where he rode alongside Fabio Felline.
Matthias competed in his first Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia, in 2010 and was in awe watching Ivan Basso claim the overall title. In 2011, he was part of the winning team that helped Juan José Cobo take a narrow and surprising win over Chris Froome in the Vuelta a España. He is excited to be working with Ivan Basso and would welcome a supporting role again when Trek-Segafredo aims for the overalls in the 2017 Grand Tours.
Although Matthias' skills are more profound than the time trial, prologues are his favorite. To win the short race of truth in the Tour de France and pull on yellow is his dream, and to be part of the Tour team is a goal for 2017. As for long term ambitions, it's simple: if he could win a time trial in all three Grand Tours, he would retire a happy man.