Alexandre Balmer signs with Team BikeExchange

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Alexandre Balmer of Switzerland / during the Men Juniors Road Race a 132,4km race from Kufstein to Innsbruck 582m at the 91st UCI Road World Championships 2018 / RR / RWC / on September 27, 2018 in Innsbruck, Austria. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Alexandre Balmer (Image credit: Getty Images)

Team BikeExchange have signed former under-23 Swiss Time Trial champion Alexandre Balmer on a two-year contract through to the end of 2023, delivering a step up to WorldTour level for the 21-year-old with a mountain-biking background.

"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," said Balmer, who works with former GreenEdge rider Albasini at the Swiss Cycling Federation.

"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," he added.

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