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IAM Cycling focuses on winning Tour stage in final season

The Swiss team will fold at the end of the year, but it's hoping to go out on a high note.

PARIS (AFP) — Swiss rider Mathias Frank will spearhead the IAM Cycling team at the Tour de France next month as the team bids for a stage win in its third appearance at the race.

The team, whose Swiss investment management sponsor is ending its funding at the end of the season, will line up with riders of six different nationalities.

IAM Cycling achieved its first stage win at a major race in Germany’s Roger Kluge during last month’s Giro d’Italia.

Frank finished eighth in the 2015 Tour de France, but he was forced to withdraw from the recent Tour de Suisse because of bronchitis.

Frank will be joined by Colombian Jarlinson Pantano, winner of the final stage of the Tour de Suisse, and France’s Jerome Coppel, who earned the bronze medal in the time trial at last year’s UCI road worlds.

Norway’s Sondre Holst Enger and Belgian Olivier Naesen will be competing in their first Tour.

IAM Cycling for the Tour de France

Jerome Coppel (FRA)
Stef Clement (NED)
Dries Devenyns (BEL)
Martin Elmiger (SUI)
Mathias Frank (SUI)
Reto Hollenstein (SUI)
Sondre Holst Enger (NOR)
Oliver Naesen (BEL)
Jarlinson Pantano (COL)