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The team of the Tour de Suisse introduces itself

Direction team

Since July 2018, a three-person direction team has been managing the Tour de Suisse. Kurt Betschart (Technology), David Loosli (Sport) and Célina Rovescala (Commerce) head the tour together. Mr Loosli is the public face of the direction as first among equals. Since 2014, the three directors have shaped the Tour de Suisse's current form under General Director Olivier Senn. Mr Senn stepped down from his role in 2018 in order to devote more time to his international cycling commitments.

Kurt Betschart

Function: Technical Director

Involved since: 2006

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: As a former professional cyclist, I wanted to keep up my connections with the sport. Helping to organise this major event fascinates me.

David Loosli

Function: Sports Director

Involved since: 2012

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: The Tour de Suisse allows me to combine my passion and my job.

Célina Rovescala

Function: Commercial director

Involved since: 2009

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: It's unbelievably exciting to be able to organise the biggest sporting event in Switzerland with such a fantastic organisation.   When you see the passion of the assistants, the euphoria of the fans and the sporting bests achieved by the riders, you know what you've spent all year working for!

Martin Obrist

Function: Head of Neutral Race Service

Involved since: 2010

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: because I enjoy cycle racing and being part of the most beautiful tour. You get to meet up with old acquaintances and exchange information on what is new and exciting.

Ueli Anken

Function: Head of the Media Office

Involved since: 2018

Why I am part of the Tour de Suisse Team: Radio, press, TV, online: journalists’ work comes in many forms. The professionals with their cameras, microphones and notepads have to be able to rely on the content and technology within a tight time frame. That's why we as the TdS media team are there with the media crews at the stage locations.
Cycling and writing: both passions have accompanied me since I was a child. The first became a hobby, the second a profession. The spark that led to me combining the two came from a tweet by Kurt Betschart. I really like tweets like that. And I’m looking forward to working behind the scenes of the Tour de Suisse. Vive le vélo!

Marion Lehmann

Function: Head of Accommodation


Involved since: 2006


Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: The Tour de Suisse is a logistical challenge for everyone. I love the contact with the hotels and the various teams. During these ten days, you're part of a team in which everyone is pulling in the same direction. It's this team spirit that makes the Tour de Suisse such an extraordinary and special event. It's something that stays with you. ;-)

Pascal Bachmann

Function: Head of Signposting

 

Beat Wettstein

Function: Head of Security

Involved since: 1990: Police motorcyclist with Zurich Cantonal Police/1992-1999: Motorcyclist for the security service/2000-2015: Sector Head/Head of Security

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: Cycle racing is pure action! With almost 60 motorcyclists, I protect racing cyclists at five to eight cycle races in Switzerland each year. My team is composed of members of a variety of Swiss police forces.  It's often the case that we only meet at cycle races and we enjoy the camaraderie as well as the action.  Our task gives us a sense of common purpose and friendships develop right across Switzerland. Of course the fascination with riding motorbikes also plays a big part (but unfortunately I no longer ride my motorbike at the TdS). It's also good fund to work with a good organiser. The planning and coordination are exciting and each day brings something unexpected!

David Perlini

Function: Head of Finish

Involved since: 2003

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: It's an honour for me to be able to participate in a major event like this, to get to know a wide variety of areas (TV, advertising and cycle racing) and, in addition, to work with the local organising committee to organise an unforgettable day for the population.

Georges Lüchinger

Function: Head of Race Information

Involved since: 1991

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: I like taking responsibility, working with partners who have a professional approach and sport itself – I can find all three of these at the Tour de Suisse, which is why I enjoy being head of a division at Switzerland's biggest sporting event.  

Corinne Wasserfallen

Function: Head of Neutral Race Service

Involved since: 2017

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: Sport has been with me all my professional life. I have worked in various areas of sports business (PR and sponsoring, sportsman management, event organisation). After tennis, football, skiing and Formula 1, another exciting sport now supplements my field of activity.

In 2017 I was on the tour as VIP responsible person and was infiltrated by the TdS virus. I am now happy to be part of the largest sporting event in Switzerland and to be part of a great team.

Gregor Gisler

Function: Head of Tour Police

Involved since: 2013

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: because I love cycle racing and Switzerland and the fantastic team at the Tour de Suisse.  

Gregor Gut

Function: Head of Start

Involved since: 2015

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: As a former cyclist, I’ll never lose my passion for cycling! And on top of that, I’m fascinated by the organisation involved in putting on one of the biggest sporting events in Switzerland.
When you’re involved in the TdS, you get to know a lot of people, and I really like everyone’s positive attitude and solution-oriented approach to new tasks (staff and local organising committees, helpers).

Pius Müller

Function: Head of Route Safety

Involved since: 2012

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: I'm an enthusiastic road cyclist myself and really enjoy cycle racing. As the person responsible for the safety of the route, I work closely with the operational heads of the difference police forces. As a retired police officer, I have the ideal background. And last but not least, because I enjoy working in this team.

Rik Sauser

Function: Head of Tour de Suisse Challenge

Involved since: 2015

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: Because I used to be an active participant in cycle racing myself, often went to watch the Tour de Suisse, saw my first Cycling World Cup at the age of eight and have attended the Tour de France and other major cycle racing events more times than I can remember. I want to bring to it all my organisational experience from 16 years of involvement in both in professional and public cycle racing.  And, living so close to the frontier, I've always been very familiar with Switzerland and liked the country a lot.

Leon Sauser

Function: Head of Route Advertising

Involved since: 2018

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: Because of my passion for cycling, it is a great honour for me to be part of the organisation of one of the world's great cycling events. I also like to take responsibility for a team and can therefore contribute fully here.

Sepp Wehrli

Function: Head of Racing

 

Involved since: As a racing cyclist I took part in the Tour de Suisse six times between 1978 and 1983. I've been an official since 1987 and a sector or divisional head since 1991.

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: In my leisure time I'm involved as a Swiss Cycling official (jury/race director).   The Tour de Suisse is always the highlight of the year. For me it's an honour and a pleasure to take part as an official or head in the Tour de Suisse

Stephan Wüthrich

Function: Head of Race Office

Involved since: 1999.

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: I'm an independent PR specialist, and the Tour de Suisse offers me a complete change and an exciting environment compared with my usual day-to-day work. It gives me a chance to apply solution-oriented thinking, creativity and spontaneity to practical situations on a daily basis. I like that.

Steve Bovay

Function: Head of Radio Tour

Involved since: 2011/2008 as an active driver

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: I got involved because cycle racing is a wonderful sport. Each year, cycle racing brings people of all ages and classes out onto the pavements. It's great! There's a fantastic atmosphere and the Tour de Suisse is a real family.

Silvan Erdin

Function: Head of the Publicity Caravan

Involved since: 2018

Why I am part of the Tour de Suisse Team: Even as a child, the publicity caravan was one of the highlights of visiting the Tour de Suisse. As a cycling fan, I’m now proud to be part of the biggest racing event in Switzerland.

Dr. med. Thorsten Hammer

Function: Head of Medical Support

Involved since: 2008

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: There's nothing better than being given a position of responsibility in such a famous sporting event, enjoying the trust of the organisers and being part of the TdS family. I'm a medical doctor, and what I do here falls within my core competences of emergency medical care, trauma surgery and orthopaedics.