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CYCLING UNLIMITED AG started operations on 1 July 2019. Olivier Senn and Joko Vogel jointly manage the endeavour, while Patrick Hunger, the co-president of Swiss Cycling, is the chairman of the board of directors. The current core team of the Tour de Suisse, consisting of Célina Rovescala (commercial management), Kurt Betschart (technical management) and David Loosli (sporting management) can fall back on many years of experience. The core team is supported by division managers – absolute professionals in their field.

Directorate

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!

Gabriel Dietrich

Function: Brand Manager Tour de Suisse

Involved since: 2021

Why I am part of the Tour de Suisse team: What could be better than live sport at the highest level? Little, I would think, and that’s exactly why I’m part of the Tour de Suisse team. It is a great pleasure for me to create unforgettable moments for fans, spectators, partners and the professional cyclists and to do my part to ensure that the Tour de Suisse is just such a live top sporting experience.

Division managers

Jan Mühlethaler

Function: Head of Editorial Office
Involved since: 2018
Why I am part of the Tour de Suisse team: Since my early childhood I have been fascinated by cycling; the action, the tactics, the suffering – but also all the stories and myths around it, the visuals, the dramas etc. Today, I document the stories surrounding the biggest Swiss national tour and enjoy cycling in stages.

Martin Obrist

Function: Head of Neutral Race Service

Involved since: 2010

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

Radio, press, TV, online: journalists’ work comes in many forms. In the heat of the stage, you want to be sure that information and technology are reliable. This is our committment as the TdS media team, in cooperation with the local media managers of each stage.

Pascal Bachmann

Function: Head of Signposting
Involved since: 2005 as a member of signposting. Since 2016 Head of signposting

I was able to take over the position of division manager from my father. I think I inherited my enthusiasm for cycling from him too. As a helper, I was able to gain a lot of experience in the area of signposting in advance, and as head I could make use of this experience. Every year I am happy to be a part of the tour together with my team and I hope that this will continue for a long time.

Dr. med Roland Kretsch

Head of Medical Service

Involved since: 2008

I really enjoy being at the Tour the Suisse as division manager medical service, because it unites my profession as a sports medicine specialist and emergency doctor with my love of cycling and Swizerland. Furthermore I like working outdoors with good and reliable staff.

Lars Bertrams

Function: Head of safety division
Involved since: 2016

After 13 years working for the worldwide biggest triathlon event, the Challenge Roth, first as employee and later on as responsible person safety followed by my position as safety manager at a cycling race around the old town of Nürnberg and the Red Bull District Ride, I was looking for a new possibility to work for a sports event after moving to Switzerland. After a short detour working for the Powerman in Zofingen I joined the Tour the Suisse family and every year, I’m looking forward to an exciting time and good companionship.

Patrick Müller

Function: Co-Head of TdS Challenge

Involved since: 2019

Why I’m part of Tour de Suisse Team: Because cycling, and especially the Tour de Suisse, can arouse every year incomparable emotions and captivate all sports enthusiasts from young to old. Being able to plan such a major event as part of a team is an incredibly exciting and varied activity and gives me great pleasure.

Patrick Huber

Function: Co-Head of TdS Challenge

Involved since: 2019

Since I was a child I am very enthusiastic about all kinds of sports. Cycling is no exception. On the contrary! The top performances of the professionals are absolutely fascinating and extraordinary. My own ambitions are not comparable to those of a professional cyclist. Nevertheless, time on a racing bike is without a doubt one of my favourite activties during my leisure time.

Beat Wettstein

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

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.

David Perlini

Function: Head of Finish

Involved since: 2003

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.

Fabio Zahner

Function: Head of Tour Police

Involved since: 2012: tour police / Afterwards: security services / 2019: tour police / 2020: Head of Tour Police

I can combine my job, my hobby of motorcycling and social life with a team that comes from all over Switzerland. The emotions in and around racing fascinate me again and again. The team spirit as well as the pleasure of riding through a wonderful landscape in good and bad weather is perfect for me.

Stephan Bühler

Function: Head of Start

Involved since: 2017

Why I’m part of the Tour de Suisse team: The Tour de Suisse continues to fascinate several generations. For many years infected with the passion cycling virus, I am happy to support the largest cycling event in Switzerland with my professional and cycling experience. From 2017 to 2019 I was responsible for the sponsors’ village in the finish area of the Tour de Suisse.

Arnold Henseler

Function: Head of Route Safety

Involved since: 2019

I really appreciate the camaraderie in the track safety team, the great cooperation with the mobile safety forces and with the contact persons from the management.

Caroline Jost

Fucntion: Head of Entertainment

Involved since: 2019

Three years ago I could be present as a trainee at the TdS. Since then I got to know the event better and I am happy to be there every year as a fan and to experience the emotions. Therefore I am even more happy to be again a part of this great team and to experience the sport at close range. As head of the entertainment I would like to contribute to a positive event for the spectators and I am already looking forward to the new challenge.

Karin Breitenstein

Fonction: Head of accommodation

Involved since: 2018

Because I like to use my contacts and my know-how from the hotel industry to organize suitable accommodation for the athletes, coaches and Tour de Suisse employees. To be part of the biggest Swiss sporting event of the year and to get to know the different regions and people during this time makes it additionally exciting and very diversified for me.

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.

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.

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

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.