Team EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale (EFD)

The team managed by Jonathan Vaughters seems to change its name and some of its sponsors almost every season. The new main sponsor EF Education – a global provider of educational travel services – is also known here in Switzerland. What’s more, the Swedish company’s registered office is in Lucerne.

The team has also changed its colours for the new season and will now be riding in a striking pink jersey and helmet. 

The team has also acquired a classics specialist in the form of Sep Vanmarcke.

And with Rigoberto Uran from Colombia on board, Vaughters’ team is signalling its ambitions for this year’s Tour de Suisse. The Colombian has twice come within touching distance of overall victory at the Giro d’Italia and finished on the second step of the podium in Paris last year.

The two Americans Taylor Phinney and Joe Dombrowski are also on the provisional list of participants.