IAM Cycling is the new professional cycling team registered at the Pro-Continental level, equipped by SCOTT. The presentation of the team was held in Geneva on Monday, with all the athletes, team management and sponsors on hand. Journalists from all over the world attended the launch of the ambitious team which hopes to put Switzerland once again among the great nations of cycling.
TdF stage winner Heinrich Haussler (r.) is one of the famous faces at IAM Cycling. Photo :F-Com / IAM Cycling
With top riders like Thomas Lofkvist, Heinrich Haussler and Swiss Johann Tschopp, the goal of IAM Cycling is to compete at Tour de France as well as to be invited for Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix, the Dauphiné and all Flandrian and Ardennes Classics for the coming season. With the support of its fans, the team and its sports management are dedicated to help their highly motivated riders grow.
Michel Thétaz (r.) and Sports Director Serge Beucherie revealing the IAM Cycling jersey. Photo : F-Com / IAM Cycling
Team Owner Michel Thétaz, a businessman based in Geneva who is passionate about the sport, is fighting for a "new" type of cycling. This is symbolized not only by the adhering to the MPCC movement, which is committing to stricter anti-doping rules, but also to the partnership with the “Hopitaux Universitaires de Genève”.
The new team will ride on the SCOTT Foil... Photo : Fred Leiser
...which is full of nice details and equipped with the best specs the market has to offer. Photo : Jochen Haar
IAM Cycling athletes will also compete on the SCOTT Plasma in time trials. Photo : F-Com / IAM Cycling
IAM Cycling has hired experienced technicians: Sports Manager Serge Beucherie, Marcello Albasini - former U23 Swiss National Team - as well as former national champions Eddy Seigneur and Kjell Carlstrom, plus sports director Rubens Bertogliati from Switzerland.
The impressive 7 million euro budget of the team allows them to realistically dream about being part of the 18 World Tour teams as soon as next year.
The project of Michel Thétaz has now become reality: a high quality road team with a strong background and partners, others can only dream of. Photo : F-Com / IAM Cycling
The team and SCOTT Sports will have the opportunity to work closely on product development, marketing initiatives and towards the ultimate goal of joining the WorldTour.
Marcel Aregger (CH, 22 years), Marco Bandiera (It, 24), Matthias Brändle (Aut, 23), Rémi Cusin (Fr, 26), Stefan Denifl (Aut, 25), Martin Elmiger (CH, 34), Jonathan Fumeaux (CH, 24), Kristof Goddaert (Be, 26), Heinrich Haussler (Aus, 28), Sébastien Hinault (Fr, 38), Reto Hollenstein (CH, 27), Kevyn Ista (Be, 28), Dominic Klemme (GER, 26), Pirmin Lang (CH, 28), Gustav Larsson (SWE, 32), Thomas Löfkvist (SWE, 28), Matteo Pelucchi (It, 23), Alexandr Pliuschin (Mol, 25), Sébastien Reichenbach (CH, 23), Aleksej Saramotins (Let, 30), Patrick Schelling (CH, 22), Johann Tschopp (CH, 30), Marcel Wyss (CH, 26).
Learn more about IAM Cycling and all the riders on the SCOTT website: