David Loosli on tour
David Loosli, how long were you en route with SRF?
We commentated the first five stages on location, and the second five stages from Studio Leutschenbach in Zurich. Then the SRF changed around the commentator team, as they usually do.
How does it feel not to be responsible for the race as a Sports Director but ‘only’ to be able to talk about it?
It’s totally different and, of course, a lot more relaxed. When it comes to the Tour de France, I’m a true spectator, and can concentrate on what’s happening in the race. During the TdS stages I’m always under pressure; I’m looking at the schedule, keeping an eye on the track marshals and working out other organisational details. I sometimes don’t even realise who won the stage until the awards ceremony.
What does the Tour de France do (even) better than the Tour de Suisse?
All the marketing and branding is really extraordinary. You can definitely tell that they have 100 full-time marketing people, and can draw on a deep well of resources.
What does the Tour de Suisse do better?
From a cycling perspective, our races are more modern and exciting, especially as we are continually improving our formats and testing new ones. The first week of the Tour de France mainly offered long stages with predictable sprints and not much tension.
What’s the next step in planning the Tour de Suisse?
We are already well on our way. I’m taking two weeks’ holiday in July, and after that we’ll get straight to work planning the Tour de Suisse 2018. We have a new starting hub next year at Frauenfeld – which is particularly special for me, as my family and I live in the area.