IAM Cycling (IAM)
Totally by accident. That's how the IAM Cycling Team got its World Tour licence at the end of 2014. Following various mergers by several other professional teams, IAM moved up to the top UCI level, but it had to double its budget to get there. Michel Thétaz, the owner of IAM Investment Funds, did not need to be asked twice. Consequently the Swiss crew has clearance to start in all the World Tour races.
Swiss Champion Michael Elmiger has repeatedly made his mark in the spring of 2015. With his 5th place in the Paris-Roubaix cobbled classic and 10th place in the Tour of Flanders he showed everyone just what he made of. He is keeping very quiet about what spectators can expect from him on the first race weekend in Risch/Rotkreuz. One thing is for sure: Elmiger knows every corner and every metre on the first two days of racing by heart. It is to be hoped that Marcel Aregger will also be fit to start the Tour de Suisse following his bad crash in the "Dwars door Vlaanderen" race, particularly as he also lives on the Zug section of the race, on Lake Aegeri.