Preview: Tour de Suisse

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The Tour de Suisse gets underway in Frauenfeld on Saturday with the race itself presenting one of the final opportunities for riders to stake their selection claims for July’s Tour de France.

A strong field has assembled across the peloton for the nine-stage national tour of Switzerland that concludes as it starts, with a time trial.

After the opening team 18km time trial in Frauenfeld, the race travels westwards for two stages to Gansingen, one tipped for the Classics specialists. From there it’s four tough climbing stages with a summit finish at Arosa (170km) in stage seven, among the highlights.

The final two stages are in Bellinzona; stage 8 over a 123km circuit and stage nine an individual time trial of 34km.

Our team features a significant return in Reinardt Janse van Rensburg who will be riding his first World Tour race of 2018 after being out with a long-term injury. He’ll hope for a successful performance if he’s to make a late selection bid to back up his excellent 2017 Le Tour performance, in 2018.

Also included are Spanish climber Igor Anton, Welsh neo-pro Scott Davies, our other African riders in Nicolas Dougall and Merhawi Kudus, alongside powerhouses Julien Vermote and Tom-Jelte Slagter.

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg – Rider

I am looking forward the Tour de Suisse. Its my first race back on the World Tour this year and I am looking forward to test myself and see where I am physically, after the last races in Norway. I am very happy with my progression over the last two months and hope to continue it here with the team.

We will fight hard as a team for some good results here.

Our line-up:

Igor Anton
Scott Davies
Nicolas Dougall
Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg
Merhawi Kudus
Tom-Jelte Slagter
Julien Vermote

Cover image explained

This poster echoes the asymmetric Swiss modernist style.

The typeface used in this and all @teamdidata posters is #Helvetica (meaning Swiss in Latin) It’s a sans-serif typeface developed in 1957 by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger and arguably the most famous typeface of modern history.

Echoing the modernist influence, is the triangular shape of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. It is commonly believed to have given Theodor Tobler his inspiration for the shape of Toblerone.
So, what’s the connection to cycling?

Um well… it’s understood that each time Cadel Evans, who raced for a Swiss team, won a race he gave his team mates… a Toblerone.