BMC Racing Team (BMC)
Phonak founder Andy Rihs of Switzerland is the financial backbone of the American-licensed BMC team. Rihs not only owns shares in Stade de Suisse Wankdorf, but also in Grenchen-based bike brand BMC and other cycling brands.
For BMC in the red and black jersey, success in the Tour de Suisse is a matter of passion, which is why the team will be at the start once again with several Swiss racers under contract.
If he stays healthy, Martin Elmiger will definitely be there. The Zug native was not offered a contract last season because his former team, IAM Cycling, disbanded. The 38-year-old grew up in a neighbouring village of this year’s start hub of Cham. It’s no surprise that Elmiger didn’t want to miss out on his chance to compete as a pro in the Tour de Suisse. He contacted Rihs and the two quickly came to an agreement. Elmiger will be competing in his 16th Tour de Suisse on 10 June, catching up on participation record holder Albert Zweifel.
Lucerne native Michael Schär, Danilo Wyss from Switzerland’s French-speaking region and the two up-and-coming racers Tom Bohli and Kilian Frankiny may be in on the action too. It’s even possible that Stefan Küng will make it to the Tour de Suisse, after having been a spectator of the Swiss tour in the past due to injuries.