It was over a decade ago in 2008 that Uplace, as founding partner, made the first steps into the triathlon world. Since then, the BMC-Vifit Pro Triathlon Team powered by Uplace has ‘continued to grow, and has gone from strength to strength to become one of the worlds’ leading triathlon projects.’
Team CEO, Bob De Wolf said “Since the launch of the international team in 2014 the results have been outstanding, with the team finishing on the podium in nearly 50% of the races, claiming 99 victories in the past six years, including six continental championship titles, two vice-world titles, two podium finishes at the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii and victories in a number of the most prestigious races on the calendar.
“Our focus this year was very clear. We wanted to perform at an outstanding level throughout the entire season and to continue our journey as one of the leading teams in the world. With a total of 19 victories this season including wins at the North American Ironman Championship in Texas, the Latin American IM70.3 Championship in Buenos Aires and 41 podium places we have had another excellent season.
“We are entering our seventh season next year as a top international team and it is fantastic to be able to continue building on such a great project. I am elated with the continued support from BMC Switzerland for next season and the ongoing partnership with Vifit for 2020.”
He continued, “It is our ultimate ambition to win a world title over the coming years. Emma Pallant finished second at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in 2017, and we have been on the podium at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona twice in the past few years.
“I know this is an extremely ambitious target, but in the long run I strongly believe we have the operational set up, the support of fantastic partners and the quality in the team to do so.”
David Zurcher, CEO of BMC Switzerland said “We have thoroughly enjoyed a close partnership with our professional triathlon team over the past seven years. BMC is extremely proud to contribute to their rise on the world triathlon stage. Supporting this group of individual athletes through a team format has proven very effective and efficient – and mirrors our approach across all our professional racing teams as extensions of the global BMC Switzerland family.
“Their feedback enables us to innovate and maintain our position as the brand with the world’s fastest time trial bike, the BMC Timemachine. We are excited to see what successes this extraordinary group of sporting talent brings in 2020”
Sophie Nicolas, Team Manager Sport Nutrition at Vifit Sport added, “We are very excited about continuing this partnership with our Vifit brand as we truly believe in the shared values of the team and in developing the knowledge and benefits of high-protein and sports nutrition. The world of triathlon is growing really fast and we want to make our contribution to both lifting the current team to the highest level of performance as well as supporting the next generation of triathletes.
“We are really looking forward to the 2020 season and take great pride in working together with the full team to help achieve their ambitious targets for the coming years.
2020 team line-up confirmed
Bob De Wolf continued, “As we continue to set out very ambitious targets for the years to come, I am very proud and pleased with the team line up we have confirmed for next year. Confirmed athletes are: Pablo Dapena Gonzalez (ESP), Kristian Høgenhaug (DEN), Chris Leiferman (USA), Katrina Matthews (née Rye) (GBR), Max Neumann (AUS), Patrik Nilsson (SWE), Emma Pallant (UK) and Chelsea Reilly Sodaro (USA).”
The cooperation with Will Clarke, Manuel Küng and Sarah Lewis will come to an end at the end of this season. Bob De Wolf added “Will (6 seasons), Manuel (1 season), and Sarah (1 season) have played an instrumental part in what we have been able to achieve as a team over all those years. Will Clarke was a member since the launch of the international team in 2014 and was an integral part of our development into one of the leading triathlon teams in the world.
“Will, Manuel and Sarah have all been fantastic to work with and we are very grateful for what they have done for the team. The team is immensely grateful for their contribution throughout those years, as top athletes and for the outstanding results they achieved as members of our team.”