Wild card for IAM Cycling puts Swiss team on starting line for 2013 Tour de Suisse, 06. March 2013

Newly formed for the 2013 season, Swiss team IAM Cycling has been awarded a wild card to compete in the 77th Tour de Suisse. 

Just a few weeks after the new team was presented, it’s now official that after a six-year absence a team with a Swiss licence is once again taking part in the Tour de Suisse. And not only does IAM Cycling have a Swiss Professional Continental Team licence, it also intends to take talented young Swiss riders - such as Jonathan Fumeaux and Sébastien Reichenbach - right to the top. Riding alongside them in the team are experienced Swiss athletes such as Martin Elmiger and Johann Tschopp.

Rolf Huser, Business and Sports Director of the Tour de Suisse, is sure that IAM Cycling is of huge significance for Swiss cycling and is playing a key role in supporting the next generation of cyclists. “Having a Swiss team on the starting line will push up the value of the Tour de Suisse even more,” Huser points out, adding: “We’re looking forward to a dynamic contribution by the IAM Cycling team as shown in this year’s Tour of the Mediterranean.”

The team’s founder is Michel Thetaz, a successful financier based in Western Switzerland. The Geneva-based businessman wants to make a long-term commitment to the team and along with his company, Independent Asset Management or IAM for short, is the team’s main sponsor. Not only does his team aim to be successful, it is also committed to clean cycling and in its first season has joined the Movement for Credible Cycling (known as the MPCC).

The sports management at IAM Cycling is in the hands of Serge Beucherie, a former sports director of the Crédit Agricole team. Under his leadership, 23 professional riders, of whom nine are Swiss, have been given contracts. The team’s top performers are Swede Thomas Lofkvist, who has already won the Tour of the Mediterranean this season, and Australian Heinrich Haussler.

“The IAM Cycling team is sure to provide one or two surprises in the 2013 Tour de Suisse,” adds the former cycling pro, Rolf Huser, confidently.