The most important team changes in 2022
The new season brings some big changes. Unfortunately it sounds the end for the likeable team Qhubeka-NextHash, which also marks the end of the professional career of Kilian Frankiny from Valais far too soon.
Mauro Schmid makes the leap from a lesser known team to one of the biggest. Following his stage victory at the Giro, the young Swiss is now riding for the Belgian team, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl.
“I’m looking forward to taking the next step in my career here – it’s really something else to ride with the Wolfpack!”Mauro Schmid, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
With Alexandre Balmer (Team BikeExchange – Jayco) and Joel Suter (UAE Team Emirates) two other young Swiss Two additional young Swiss cyclists, Alexandre Balmer (Team BikeExchange – Jayco) and Joel Suter (UAE Team Emirates), have also advanced up the ranks. Joel Suter showed his great form taking fourth place in the stage to Gstaad last June in the Swiss Cycling kit and his effort has been rewarded with promotion to the highest level.
Marlen Reusser – runner-up at the Olympics and World Championships in the time trial – is part of the top-class SD Worx team as of this season.
«With Anna van der Breggen, a former top racers has joined the team as Sport Directors – as a rider she attracted attention with her tactical finesse and she also knows my style as a cyclist. I can only benefit from the combined experience and professionalism of the team.»Marlen Reusser, Team SD Worx
Noemi Rüegg begins her neo-professional career in the distinctive yellow and black of Team Jumbo-Visma.
And with Roland-Cogeas-Edelweiss there will also be a Swiss women’s team at the highest level from the new season.
TdS record stage winner Peter Sagan is also riding in new colours in 2022. He joins his brother Juraj, Daniel Oss and Maciej Bodnar in the French team TotalEnergies.
«”I am very happy to have started a new and exciting chapter in my professional career. It was time for a change and I think I have found the perfect opportunity with Team TotalEnergies. My motivation is as strong as ever- as are my goals!”Peter Sagan, Total Energies
In other moves, Tour de Suisse overall runners-up, Rohan Dennis (2019) switches to Jumbo-Visma and Jakob Fuglsang (2018) to Israel – Premier Tech. The Dutch super team Jumbo-Visma is reinforced with Tiesj Benoot (fourth overall in 2019). And double 2019 stage winner Elia Viviani has also found a new team in INEOS-Grenadiers.
After a disastrous season with Movistar, Colombian Tour de Suisse winner (2016) Miguel Angel Lopez returns to Astana.
IIt is encouraging that with EF Education (EF Education – TIBCO-SVB) and UAE (UAE Team ADQ), two further World Tour teams now also feature women’s teams at the top level.