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Division manager

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

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: because 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

Why I am part of the Tour de Suisse Team: Radio, press, TV, online: journalists’ work comes in many forms. The professionals with their cameras, microphones and notepads have to be able to rely on the content and technology within a tight time frame. That's why we as the TdS media team are there with the media crews at the stage locations.
Cycling and writing: both passions have accompanied me since I was a child. The first became a hobby, the second a profession. The spark that led to me combining the two came from a tweet by Kurt Betschart. I really like tweets like that. And I’m looking forward to working behind the scenes of the Tour de Suisse. Vive le vélo!

Pascal Bachmann

Function: Head of Signposting

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

Why I belong to the Tour de Suisse team: 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.

 

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

Why I'm part of Tour de Suisse Team: 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: Head of Security

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

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: 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. Of course the fascination with riding motorbikes also plays a big part (but unfortunately I no longer ride my motorbike at the TdS). It's also good fund to work with a good organiser. The planning and coordination are exciting and each day brings something unexpected!

David Perlini

Function: Head of Finish

Involved since: 2003

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: 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

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse Team: 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. It is also a great experience for me to be a part of this puzzle, so that an event of this size can be carried out safely. 

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

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: For ten years I could accompany the GP Tell in a similar function. For the Lucerne police I was the contact person for events on the road including the passages/arrivals and starts of the Tour de Suisse for years. For the implementation, it was necessary to clear the track of traffic together with MR drivers of the Lucerne police, about 10 minutes before the top of the race. This background helps me now with the preliminary arrangements with the local police. The task is to coordinate a motivated group of hundreds of the army's traffic and transport troops, led by their superiors, in the stationary route safety. I very much appreciate the camaraderie in the route safety team, the great cooperation with the mobile security forces and with the contact persons from the board.

Caroline Jost

Fucntion: Head of Entertainment

Involved since: 2019

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse Team: 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

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse Team: 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.

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: 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.

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: 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

Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: 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.