From June 12th – 21st 2022, the world’s best teams will once again take to the streets of Switzerland. All the teams on the UCI WorldTour will compete in the men’s race, the fourth-largest tour in the world. The majority of the UCI Women’s WorldTeams will also participate in the women’s race.
Another World Class Field
“For years, the Tour de Suisse has been at the highest level of road cycling. This year, too, we are happy that all teams on the WorldTour will be at the start,” says Tour Director Olivier Senn. Top teams like Jumbo-Visma, Ineos Grenadiers and Quick-Step will be joined by the two best ProTeams Alpecin-Fenix and Arkéa-Samsic. Last year, all-rounder Mathieu van der Poel from Alpecin-Fenix demonstrated that the Belgians have more than earned a starting place at the Tour de Suisse.
The 23-Team field is rounded off by the Wildcard Teams TotalEnergies from France and Human Powered Health from the USA. The French team has a very exciting personality in Tour de Suisse record stage winner Peter Sagan. Sagan himself says: “I am happy that my team will receive one of the two Wildcards at the Tour de Suisse 2022 and that I will be able to ride in my new colours at one of my favourite stage races”. On possibly extending his record, Sagan says: “Despite the tough climbs in the Swiss Alps, I have many good memories of the Tour de Suisse. It would be a nice bonus for the whole team if I could extend my record of stage wins”.
The ever-active team from America will once again look to deliver exciting breakaways. Sporting Director of Human Powered Health, Jonas Carney, raves: “We are delighted to be back at the Tour de Suisse. Last year we came close to winning a stage. This year we will again be racing offensively and looking for opportunities to prove ourselves against the best teams in the world”.
Women’s Racing at the Next Level
“Following the promotion of the Tour de Suisse Women to the second highest class of racing, we are excited to welcome 11 of the 14 Women’s WorldTeams to Switzerland this year,” says Tour Director Olivier Senn with anticipation. Team TREK-Segafredo, for example, representing last year’s overall winner Lizzy Deignan, and the Swiss team Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad will be at the start. Another exciting entry, the women’s team of Jumbo-Visma, with young Swiss rider Noemi Rüegg, will be looking to cause a sensation this season. “I have fond memories of the first edition of the Tour de Suisse Women and it was one of my big season highlights last year. Of course, I hope to be part of the team line-up and to participate again this year in the colours of Jumbo-Visma,” says the young Swiss.
Seven Women’s Continental Teams – including Lotto Soudal and Cofidis – join the WorldTeams and aim to upset the big teams during the four stages.
Wearing the Swiss Cross with Pride
The National Federation Swiss Cycling will once again field National Teams in the men’s and women’s events. “The Tour de Suisse is an excellent showcase for our National Team athletes,” declares National Coach Michael Albasini. In the women’s races, there will even be a second team with up-and-coming athletes at the start. The aim is to give them the chance to make the transition to a professional team. “It is extremely beneficial for young female athletes to have the opportunity to experience professional racing for a few days,” says National Coach Edi Telser.
All names of the participating riders will be published in May, as soon as the Teams have made their selections.
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