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Aline Seitz triple Swiss Track Champion

The cyclist Aline Seitz of the Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad team, has been proclaimed triple Swiss track champion by dominating the Omnium, Madison and points events with ease.

The Swiss track championship, which brought together the best Swiss riders, was held at the World Cycling Center located in the Aigle area.

On October 29, Aline Seitz won the points test by accumulating 47 points, followed by Fabienne Buri with a total of 36 points, and Cybéle Schneider came in third place with 17 points.

On the same day, Aline Seitz and Janice Stettler secured the Madison test by totaling 29 points, two more than the second pair made up of Ryf Corina and Lea Fuchs. Third place went to Cybéle Schneider and Anaëlle Gaillard.

And to complete her triple crown, Aline Seitz won the Omnium event, accumulating the best records in three of the four events that make up the exhausting race.

In this way, Eline Seitz, the young promise of Swiss cycling, has shown her high level of competition. Congratulations!

Cogeas-Mettler apply for 2022 Women’s WorldTour status, confirm eight riders

Continental team Cogeas-Mettler have applied for Women’s WorldTeam status and are to be named Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad in 2022, after securing the backing of baked goods brand Roland.

Team president Ruben Contreras, owner of the Cogeas group, told Cyclingnews that his team hopes to become the first Swiss outfit in the Women’s WorldTour. The name ‘Edelweiss’ is a nod to the Swiss national flower.

“What is important for the Cogeas group and the Roland group is that we enter the WorldTour, because it’s very important for Switzerland to have a WorldTour team,” Contreras said.

The team, currently registered in Russia but based in Lausanne, will be registered in Switzerland for 2022.

“Roland is such a big Swiss company and a big sponsor in alpine and cross-country skiing, mountain biking with Jolanda Neff, and in biathlon, so they’re a very significant group in the development of Swiss sport. The partnership with Roland gives us the ability to step up to a higher level.”

The move from Continental level to WorldTour will see the current team’s 14-rider roster shrink to ten.

“We have eight riders, and we are hoping to add two more. Currently we have received over 30 applications, so we are looking at our options and certainly we will be able to select the two final riders.”

Contreras told Cyclingnews that six riders from the existing Continental squad will ride for the team next year: Petra Stiasny (Switzerland), Hannah Buch (Germany), Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzbekistan) and the Russian trio of Diana Klimova, Tamara Dronova and Gulnaz Khatuntseva. They have also signed Swiss track cyclist Aline Seitz, and Inés Cantera of Spanish outfit Sopela.

Five teams have applied for six available UCI Women’s WorldTour licences, and though they were a surprise inclusion in the list of applicants, Contreras believes his team have done what is necessary to be granted the top-level status. 

“All the documentation that they asked for, everything is in order, including the bank guarantee of €150,000. They have accepted all of our documentation. We weren’t missing a single page, everything was correct.”

On the new sponsorship, Contreras says Roland have offered two years of support, with the option of two more years. His own company, Cogeas, will continue sponsoring the team “for a minimum of five years”, and he expects his long-standing relationship with bike manufacturer Look to continue. 

Though their first priority is to gain WorldTour status, Cogeas already have ambitious plans for the future, including attracting new long-term sponsors and forming a women’s development team.

source: https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/cogeas-mettler-apply-for-2022-womens-worldtour-status-confirm-eight-riders/

Une équipe suisse dans le World Tour féminin dès 2022

Une formation vaudoise a de bonnes chances d’intégrer l’élite du peloton dès la saison prochaine. Les Tours de France et de Romandie sont notamment dans le viseur.

Jamais une formation helvétique féminine n’a couru au plus haut niveau mondial de la petite reine. Cette attente semble bientôt révolue. Dans le sillage de son initiateur, le Palinzard Ruben Contreras, la «Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad» pourrait bien aller courir les plus grandes courses du calendrier en 2022, alors que la discipline est en plein essor. Cette année, le premier Paris-Roubaix a marqué les esprits, tandis qu’un «vrai» Tour de France sera enfin organisé en juillet prochain. Le Tour de Romandie suivra en octobre 2022.

La Fondation Cogeas s’affaire dans le cyclisme depuis plus de vingt ans. Elle participe depuis 2018 à une équipe russe et donne également son nom à une formation genevoise de niveau Elite, qui développe de jeunes espoirs locaux. Cogeas veut passer un plus gros braquet et espère pouvoir rejoindre le World Tour féminin, qui passera de neuf à quinze formations dès la saison prochaine. Des projets comme Jumbo-Visma, TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank, Uno-X et Cofidis sont sur les rangs également.

Avec le soutien de divers acteurs et sponsors locaux, et peut-être même celui de la ville de Lausanne – qui accueillera donc une arrivée du premier Tour de Romandie féminin dans une année – cette équipe devrait s’élancer avec un budget d’environ 1,3 million de francs en 2022, tout compris, la première année. Un tel montant devrait permettre de régater d’entrée, contre des cadors dont les frais peuvent monter à 3 millions annuels.
Les contrats de sponsoring signés le seraient d’ores et déjà sur le long terme, une garantie est également déposée auprès de l’Union cycliste internationale et le but principal est de développer les jeunes coureuses du cru. Avec l’entreprise Roland, très connue en Suisse alémanique pour ses inénarrables «Zwieback», la Fondation Cogeas, qui œuvre dans les assurances, le consulting et l’immobilier, et la ville de Lausanne dans la roue, l’affaire semble crédible et bien emmanchée.

«On voulait encore gravir un échelon et aller dans le World Tour. Il était temps que la Suisse et Lausanne y soient représentées, indique Ruben Contreras. Tous les grands noms du peloton féminin ont des ententes à long terme et moi, j’ai toujours privilégié la formation. On a déjà lancé des coureurs et des coureuses vers quatre médailles olympiques. Et il y a aussi de quoi faire par chez nous!»
La formation «Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad» espère donc briller au firmament du vélo dès 2022. Pour ce faire, elle peut déjà compter sur des coureuses suisses (Petra Stiasny, 20 ans, championne de Suisse de la montagne, et la pistarde de 24 ans Aline Seitz, 5 fois championne de Suisse), russes, allemandes et espagnoles. La championne olympique Anna Kiesenhofer (Aut) a été sondée, mais l’un des rêves de Contreras n’a malheureusement pas pu se concrétiser.

source: https://www.lematin.ch/story/une-equipe-suisse-dans-le-world-tour-feminin-des-2022-389363009913

Petra Stiasny queen of climbing

The Swiss cyclist of our team Cogeas Mettler Look, Petra Stiasny, won the Swiss climbing championship last weekend, the test with a hard ascent of 25 kilometers took place in the town of Chur-Arosa located in the German part of Switzerland.

Petra Stiasny showed her climber qualities by setting a time of 00: 21: 54.9, placing Lea Fushs to second position, and Nina Zoller third.

With her result, Petra Stiasny achieved a new victory in her young professional career as a cyclist.

Congratulations Petra !

2022 WORLD TOUR

The management of the Cogeas group, after having evolved 4 years as a continental team, made the decision to take a big step towards the future and ask the International Cycling Union, to be able to evolve to the World Tour level from 2022, being the first Swiss Team to evolve in this category and opening the doors to the most prestigious competitions such as the TOUR DE FRANCE, GIRO D’ITALIA, VUELTA A ESPANA, PARIS ROUBAIX, LIEGE BASTOGNE LIEGE, FLECHE WALLONE, AMSTEL GOLD RACE, GP DE PLOUAY, VUELTA A BURGOS, CLASICA SAN SEBASTIAN, etc.

The president of the Cogeas group, sponsor and founder of said team for more than 20 years, Rubén Contreras Schweizer will give all financial guarantees to the UCI so that the team made up of 10 international riders represents the Swiss colors of our team and Swiss and foreign sponsors that accompany us.

These days during the Olympic Games we had the opportunity to achieve a 5th place with Amber Neben in the individual chrono and a 9th place on the route with Olga Zabelinskaya, we hope to achieve a medal on the track for these next few days with 3 more athletes from our team and with Valère Thiebaud in the men’s category, who is part of our “Espoirs” men’s team and who is a young and great promise of Swiss cycling, this year he is triple Swiss U23 champion and Elite in chrono and route.

Its promotion to the WOMEN WORLD TOUR category and to the Top of the cycling world is due to its multiple sporting successes through the four years since its foundation, the team has participated in the best races of the UCI calendar achieving successful participations in Turkey, Thailand, Sweden, Norway, Tour of California, China, France, Belgium, Tchequia, Chypre, Italy, Finland, Hungary, Austria, Spain en route and track.

In addition to the Women World Tour Team, based in Lausanne, “Capitale Olympique”, we will have a continental female team supporting 10 young female riders in training and a male U23 team with 12 Swiss riders, making a total of 32 riders enrolled in Swiss Cycling.

We would like to thank our riders, staff and sponsors who have been with us for many years and we hope to be able to encourage other Swiss brands sponsors to join us in this fabulous adventure.

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Team Contact

ROLAND COGEAS EDELWEISS SQUAD
Route du Signal 17
1018 Lausanne

Ruben Contreras
President

+41 79 637 25 25
r.contreras@cogeas.ch

Manuel Rebollo
m.rebollo@cogeas.ch

ROLAND COGEAS EDELWEIS SQUAD

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