IAM cycling project 2013

May 19, 2009
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After the rumours that linked Fabian Cancellara with new swiss cycling project IAM....who know something about the project? some rumour?
 
Jan 10, 2012
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IAM is a Swiss asset management firm, specialized in institutional asset management. It is founded by Michel Thiétaz, who has an estimated net worth of 100-200 million, who seems to be into cycling. Last april he said that golf and sailing didn't interest him very much, and that his passion was cycling.

He is said to be willing to invest 4.9 million euros a year, for (at least) the following six years in a pro-conti team in which half of the roster would be Swiss. Serge Beucherie, a former professional and team director, will probably be appointed as manager.
 
May 19, 2009
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Any name??

For example; I think in Andreas Kloden...a "big" name and a very good rider for races as Tour of Romandie and Tour of Suisse...

Cancellara would be a dream!!!!
 
Mar 10, 2009
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So just got the info and missed this thread before. So any new news/info?

Go Team Spartacus!
 
Aug 5, 2010
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They say that the goal 2013 is pro conti, 20 riders, budget 6mill € for minimum 3 years so my thoughts are forget all those big names, they will go for the riders with an upcoming future and riders in there late years.

Her are the IAM facebook profile with some info and the story behind.

(translated google)

Team Cycling Professional Continental category PRO
Beskrivelse
IAM Cycling Team Cycling Cycling Team IAM (investment funds) is a Swiss cycling team founded in Geneva in 2012. Founded by Michel Thétaz and directed by Serge Beucherie, IAM Cycling posssède status Pro Continental team. The team is sponsored by IAM Independent Asset Management Ltd and was renamed IAM Cycling. The creation of the Pro Continental team is announced on 25



April 2012 during a press conference on the Tour de Romandie. It was on this occasion that Thétaz Michel, CEO of IAM Independent Asset Management SA and General Manager of AMI Cycling SA, along with Serge Beucherie, Director of the main sports team, present the details of the only Pro Continental team high Swiss identity. Sponsor and funding with a budget of about 6 million, IAM Independent Asset Management Ltd is committed as a single sponsor for a minimum of 3 years. IAM Cycling 4 Team Managers will mentor the team of 20 professional riders whose half the workforce will be Swiss. The main objective of this team is to be invited, in 2013, in races like the Tour de Romandie and the Tour of Switzerland.

Link http://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-IAM-Cycling/226140400835474?sk=info
 
Jul 30, 2012
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after seeing the Tour de France for some 5 years now.

I disagree with use of radios wired to the rider. I also disagree with the way riders tend to drag a sprinter for 150 kilometers then let him go with about 200 meters to the finished line. These guys can not win a race on there own by going out in front for 200 Kilmeters. The spinter class in the tour is nothing but a show case for a team to drag a spinter to the line and then they can him the fastest rider in a race. With out the team concept which has arrived in the TOUR De France ; theses one day wonders would be a no body. Get rid of the radios ; let these guys go on there own and we will see who the real riders are in this race. Like wise all races that our of an international standard. NO Radios , and No cars wired to the rider. It really takes away from the sport. Real riders will show you who they are.
 
Jul 21, 2010
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Well, I guess that this topic is as good as any for a rant. But sure you do not want to start a topic instead? I mean if radios and sprinters really bother you, maybe take it up somewhere it can be discussed.
 
May 19, 2009
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The last rumours linked TONE GALLOPIN and GREGORY RAST with the new team, I wait a great team!! I think that Serge Boucherie can give good french relationships and contacts (french connection)!
 
Apr 26, 2010
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Haussler to IAM - very interesting.

I assumed when he decided to leave GS it was to head to OGE, but obviously not..
 
Mar 8, 2010
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With Haussler, Lofkvist, Tschopp, Larsson, Pelucchi and Goddaert, the profile looks quite good. Let's see what races can they get in.
 
Oct 19, 2010
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pastronef said:
any news on the team bikes?
I heard a rumor about SIMPLON, as they leave NetApp, but I am not sure if they have the budget.
IAM surely is one step above NetApp (budget wise).
 
Aug 13, 2010
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Since they are starting as a Professional Continental team. How can they progress to a full Pro team? Do they need a certain amount of points, etc... And even if they fulfil the criteria I assume there are a maximum number of teams that can be on Pro at anytime?
 
Jan 8, 2012
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Don't be late Pedro said:
Since they are starting as a Professional Continental team. How can they progress to a full Pro team? Do they need a certain amount of points, etc... And even if they fulfil the criteria I assume there are a maximum number of teams that can be on Pro at anytime?
18 Pro teams. To become pro you first need the points, apply and then hope that UCI will grant you a license.
 
Apr 26, 2010
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They must be pretty confident tho...remember the Pegasus debacle...
Robbie McEwan leaving Katusha for what he was pretty sure was a pro team in Pegasus, ended up with a no go...
 
Aug 13, 2010
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hoerpi said:
18 Pro teams. To become pro you first need the points, apply and then hope that UCI will grant you a license.
So did Leopard Trek start of as a Pro Conti team? I thought they were a full pro team and am pretty sure they were not a re-badged Pro team?
 
Don't be late Pedro said:
So did Leopard Trek start of as a Pro Conti team? I thought they were a full pro team and am pretty sure they were not a re-badged Pro team?
Leopard Trek signed riders who had lot of WT points. Cancellara & the Schlecks.
When the riders transfer form on e team to another the points they earned transfer to the team.

So they had enough WT points and therefore straightway applied for World Tour status.
 

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