IAM Cycling kicked-off its second year as the only Swiss Professional Cycling team. After a successful debut, IAM has ambitious goals with big names.
Two grand tours, with the Tour de France as a priority, a newly designed jersey and 25 riders ready to exceed the team’s 12 victories in 2013, Pro Continental team IAM Cycling is ambitious for its second season in the peloton. Michel Thétaz, founder of IAM Cycling and CEO of IAM SA (IAM Investment Funds), along with Serge Beucherie, the team sports manager, endeavored to outline the upcoming season and express their optimism for the future particularly in view of the results they obtained in 2013 and the high quality of the recruits they succeeded in signing for 2014.
Clockwise from top: Vicente Reynes (ES), Roger Kluge (GER), Mathias Frank (SUI) and Jerome Pineau (FRA) are the new faces of IAM Cycling besides top star Sylvain Chavanel (FRA, top). The new jersey brings some fresh looking, modern design style in the Pro Tour peloton.
Tour de France is top priority
"Twelve victories in our first year provide solid proof", Thétaz says. "Our second season looks very promising. We in fact wish to speed up the process a little, and as the only Swiss professional cycling team, we hope to promote our values at even higher levels in all the races we have on our program. (...) We have real ambitions for the spring classics, but we also will strive to take part in one or even two grand tours, of which the Tour de France is the main priority. We have the means to achieve such success. With a staff of 60 people, including 25 riders, we are approaching the level of a World Tour team."
Serge Beucherie stressed the importance of recruiting the right riders to implement the 2014 strategy. "To confirm our results from 2013, it was important to target our new additions carefully. To this end, we recruited Sylvain Chavanel, Roger Kluge and Vincente Reynes for our classics campaign." Mathias Frank and Jérôme Pineau are new to the team, too. Beucherie also highlighted the absence of a single leader within the team. "We do not claim that we have the winner of the Tour de France in our ranks. But we do have a healthy situation where experienced guys like Elmiger, Hinault and Tschopp will be invaluable support for Matthias Brändle, Sébastien Reichenbach and Marcel Wyss."
Check out the IAM Cycling Team website: http://www.iamcycling.ch/pro/
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