This year, the popular wildcards will be enjoyed by the Swiss national team (Swiss Cycling), the US American Team Rally Cycling (RLY) and the French team NIPPO DELKO One Provence (NDP).
For this year’s 84th edition of the Swiss National Tour, the Tour de Suisse is awarding two wildcards to UCI ProTeams and again to the Swiss Cycling selection.
According to the latest UCI regulations, in addition to the 19 seeded teams of the UCI WorldTour, the best-placed team of the UCI ProTeam Series will also qualify for the big stage races.
Thanks to this change in the rules, the French team Total Direct Energie (TDE) will be able to start directly at the Tour of the country. The French team already started last year with a wildcard at the TdS 2019.
So this summer 23 teams of 7 riders each will be competing in the Tour de Suisse.
The US-American team – easily recognizable by their orange jerseys – already started last year with a wildcard at the Tour de Suisse.
Sponsor of the team is UnitedHealth Group, the world’s largest provider in the healthcare sector.
In addition to the men’s team, Rally Cycling also has an elite women’s team.
Currently the team consists exclusively of drivers from the USA and Canada.
One of the most striking is Robin Carpenter, a specialist in outlier groups.
With Nate Brown, the ambitious team has also gained a reinforcement with years of professional experience at the highest racing level. The US-American has been riding for the American team EF-Education First for the last few years, in whose service he also participated in the Tour de Suisse last year.
“The Tour de Suisse is one of the most beautiful, challenging and best managed races in the world. We take the invitation very seriously and have built our season around the race,” explains Jonas Carney, Performance Director of the US Rally Cycling Team.
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
The French team is starting for its 10th season and, thanks to the wildcard, is competing in the Swiss National Tour for the first time.
There are a few familiar faces among the very international field of drivers for a French team. Two years ago José Goncalves – still in the service of Team Katusha Alpecin – started in the Tour de Suisse and finished in the top 10 on the stage to Gstaad.
Another driver with a ringing name is the Lithuanian Ramunas Navardauskas. He rode in the highest class of cycling for 8 seasons and in this time he won stages of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia.
This summer, the National Tour will once again be a showcase for young Swiss athletes who have not yet gained a foothold in a top team.
The premiere of the Swiss Cycling selection last year at the Tour de Suisse can generally be described as a success. The national team athletes thrilled the spectators with their offensive driving style and some of them – also thanks to their strong performance at the TdS 2019 – managed to secure a place in a World Tour team.
“It was great to see what the Swiss national team could achieve during the Tour de Suisse. The young Swiss animated the race every day and presented the jersey of the national team from the best side.
I am sure we can look forward to a strong performance in 2020 as well.” David Loosli, sporting director of the Tour de Suisse, is convinced
It can be assumed that the team will again consist of a mixture of talented younger elite riders who have not yet been able to secure a place in the Beletagedes Radsport.