Michael Albasini (36) is the only Swiss cyclist racing for Australia’s ORICA-Scott team. Albasini missed out on a partial stage victory by just a hair’s breadth last year. During the third stage, 12 km before the finish line, he and world champion Peter Sagan surged ahead of the rest and caught up with Silvan Dillier (BMC), the Swiss breakaway of the day. But Albasini managed only a second position behind Sagan during the sprint. His last stage victory was in the Tour de Suisse 2012.
ORICA-Scott has some outstanding cyclists, including Luke Durbridge, road captain Matthew Hayman, the Canadian veteran Svein Tuft, and sprinters Australian Caleb Ewan and German Roger Kluge. Simon Gerrans is another veteran. The Tour de Suisse might also be just the perfect race for the 24-year-old British twins Simon and Adam Yates.
Title sponsor ORICA is a global company that produced explosives for Australian gold mines at the time of its founding in 1874. Today, the company is broadly positioned in the chemicals and commodities sector and is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. The team receives another portion of its funding from Australian businessman Gerry Ryan. Scott, the second named sponsor, is a Swiss sporting goods company. The colours of the ORICA-Scott team are dark blue and yellow.