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.”
“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.”