Team Type 1—Sanofi-Aventis has received a wild card for the 2011 Tour de Suisse, allowing the team to participate in the 75th anniversary tour, the team reported Tuesday.
Team Type 1 will be competing in the 2011 Swiss tour with current Swiss national time trial champion Rubens Bertogliati, who will have the honor of wearing his national champion’s jersey in his hometown of Lugano for the prologue.
“Racing in my hometown and wearing the champion’s jersey is a dream come true for me,” says Bertogliati. “The Tour de Suisse is one of the most important tours on the racing calendar and it is a great honor for Team Type 1-sanofi aventis to be allowed to compete.”
Tour De Suisse sports director Beat Zberg also sees the awarding of a wild card to the team as an exciting addition. “Team Type 1 has excellent riders and is therefore sure to spring a surprise or two. We are naturally also delighted that Rubens Bertogliati, a Swiss professional racing cyclist, is competing on the team.”