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Young Swiss talent Alexandre Balmer enters the WorldTour with Team BikeExchange – Team BikeExchange

Former U23 Swiss Time Trial champion Alexandre Balmer will make the step up into the WorldTour peloton next season, signing a two-year neo-pro contract with Team BikeExchange.

The 21-year-old has already shown his talents across various disciplines, winning the gold medal at junior level at the Cross-Country MTB World Championships and the European MTB Championships in 2018. In the same year Balmer also took the silver medal in the Junior European Road Race before narrowly missing out on a medal at the Junior Road Race World Championships, finishing in fourth place.

The Australian outfit is pleased to be able to assist Balmer with this next step in his career and is intrigued to see what the Swiss rider can achieve given his diverse skillset and winning mindset. Balmer is aware of what it takes to make it in the WorldTour peloton having worked with former GreenEDGE rider Michael Albasini at the Swiss Cycling Federation.

Brent Copeland, General Manager on Balmer:
“With Alexandre we believe that we have signed a very talented rider for the future. He is going to be the youngest rider in our men’s roster and the first year will be all about learning how we work at GreenEDGE cycling and what the WorldTour level is all about. Time is his advantage, and we’ll make sure that he has all he needs to improve race by race.”

Alexandre Balmer:
“I have always watched the Tour de Romandie, which passes in front of my house and how my national coach, Michael Albasini, used to win stages of the race regularly. Now I am starting to realise that I will have my place in the big bus that I was fascinated by when I was younger.

Team BikeExchange was also a part of the integration of a mountain biker (Nino Schurter) into road cycling years ago and I’m proud to be able to do the same, coming from a mountain biking background.

Our first goal is to continue my development and as soon as possible, to reach the level of the best in the world on the road. I know that the team will be there to support me with road cycling and also on the project of the Olympic Games in the mountain bike discipline.”

Alexandre Balmer
Date of birth: 4th May 2000 (21)
Nationality: Swiss
Joins Team BikeExchange: 2022
New Contract: 2022 & 2023

Top Results:
1st 2021 Alpes Isere Tour – Youth Classification
1st 2020 Switzerland Time Trial Championships – U23
2nd 2021 Ronde de l’Isard stage
3rd 2021 Giro del Belvedere
5th 2019 Switzerland Time Trial Championships – U23
11th 2021 Tour de Vendee
1st 2018 European Championships XCO – Junior
1st 2018 Mountain Bike World Championships – Team Relay Cross Country
1st 2018 Mountain Bike World Championships – Men’s Olympic Cross Country – Junior
2nd 2018 UEC Road European Championships – Junior
1st 2018 Switzerland Time Trial Championships – Junior
1st 2018 Switzerland Road Race Championships – Junior
1st 2017 Switzerland Time Trial Championships – Junior

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Team BikeExchange look to develop talent in Singapore, signing Chelsie Tan Wei Shi for the 2022 season  – Team BikeExchange


Team BikeExchange is pleased to announce their continued effort in finding and developing international talent, with the signing of Singaporean rider Chelsie Tan Wei Shi for the 2022 season.
 
The 31-year-old rider has shown a lot of potential, having won multiple Singapore Championship titles despite her late inception to the sport, having only started racing in 2018.
 
Tan Wei Shi is hoping that this special opportunity to step up into a WorldTour team and race internationally will help continue her rapid development as a professional cyclist, as well as helping to gain maximum exposure for the sport in Singapore.
 
Brent Copeland, General Manager on Tan Wei Shi:
“We are glad to have Chelsie with us for 2022 season. GreenEDGE Cycling has always looked to support the development of new riders from new countries and regions, and now working with the Singapore Cycling Federation, in collaboration with Shayne Bannan, we can be satisfied in having found a strong rider such as Chelsie for the upcoming year.
 
This is going to be her first season in the Women’s WorldTour peloton; therefore, it’s going to be a big learning process for her, and we will support her in the best way possible to help her develop her skills.”
 
Dr Hing Siong Chen, President Singapore Cycling Federation on Tan Wei Shi:
“This is a fantastic cycling and life experience opportunity for Chelsie. We are looking forward to watching her progression as the first Singaporean Female in the Women’s WorldTour.
 
It’s going to be exciting seeing her develop her skills with one of the best teams in the peloton. We do hope that thanks to her experience, many other local athletes will be inspired to reach important targets in cycling and sport.”
 
Chelsie Tan Wei Shi:
 “I am really excited and humbled to have this incredible opportunity to be part of Team BikeExchange. For me, Team BikeExchange embodies everything that a good team should be, some outstanding individual talents, combined with a focused team and everyone working together to improve.
 
I want to integrate quickly into the team and contribute from day one. I am excited and motivated by the fact that I will be racing regularly again. The COVID-19 situation in this part of the world has meant many races have been cancelled, so to race, and at WorldTour level, is going to be amazing!
 
I would like to thank my coach and the team at Singapore Cycling Federation for helping me to get to this point in my career. I am determined to make all of you proud.”
 
Chelsie Tan Wei Shi
Date of birth: 17th January 1990 (31)
Nationality: Singaporean
Joins Team BikeExchange: 2022
New Contract: 2022
 
Top Results:
1st 2021 & 2019 & 2018 Singapore Team Time Trial Championships
1st 2021 Tour of Phuket
1st 2019 National Road Race Championships
2nd 2021 Singapore Individual Time Trial Championships
2nd 2x 2021 Cyclosport Jungle Cross II
3rd 2019 National Individual Time Trial Championships

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com