Phonak Hearing Systems

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Phonak Hearing Systems
Phonak logo
Team data
UCI code PHO
nationality SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
License ProTeam
operator ARcycling AG
First season 2000
Last season 2006
discipline Street
Wheel manufacturer Scott (2000-2001), BMC (2002-2006)
General manager SwitzerlandSwitzerland Jean-Jacques Loup (2000–2002) Urs Freuler (2002–2004) John Lelangue (2005–2006)
Team manager BelgiumBelgium John Lelangue
Sportl. ladder FranceFrance Jacques Michaud
The Phonak team during the Tour de France 2004 team time trial

Phonak Hearing Systems was a Swiss cycling team that competed in the UCI ProTour in 2005 and 2006 .

The main sponsor was the hearing aid manufacturer Phonak , but the budget was also financed by secondary sponsors and team owner Andy Rihs . Team manager and founder in 2000 was Jean-Jacques Loup , who previously headed the PMU Romand and Post Swiss team . In 2004 he was replaced by Urs Freuler , whereupon Jean-Jacques Loup joined the Oktos-St. Quentin founded. After several doping cases in the team, those responsible decided to disband the team. On October 14, 2006, the team contested their last race at the Tour of Lombardy .



Behind the Phonak Cycling Team was the hearing aid entrepreneur Andy Rihs , who was involved in the Phonak company . Andy's brother Hans-Ueli had been interested in cycling for many years and organized a so-called Tour de Phonak every year , in which company employees could take part. Andy Rihs' interest in cycling also began in the 1990s, which he wanted to use to advertise Phonak hearing aids. A first attempt to become a sponsor in a professional cycling team failed in 1998 because of the Festina scandal at the Tour de France , whereupon the American Jim Ochowicz , who was to lead the new team, initially withdrew from professional cycling.

In 1999, Phonak um Rihs signed on as a sponsor for a new Swiss team, initially for three seasons, to be built up by Jean-Jacques Loup , who had previously led the PMU Romand and Post Swiss Team . This sponsorship and Loup's commitment was announced at the Post Swiss team's end-of-season event at the end of 1999. Shortly thereafter, the team's jerseys were developed by the Italian manufacturer Castelli, on which a large ear could be seen as a symbol for hearing aids. It was also determined that the team should start with the slogan "We race for better hearing".

In the small town of Montmagny , the Phonak Service Course with workshop and material warehouse was built, while team boss Loup signed 13 young drivers for the team's first season.

2000 season

Phonak Cycling Team / 2000 season


The greatest success for the team was the victory of Floyd Landis at the Tour de France 2006 , which Landis was stripped of because of proven doping also in the last instance by the international sports court CAS in Lausanne in June 2008. Until September 2007, Landis was still the winner, which was due to the ongoing proceedings of the US Cycling Association. In September 2007 Landis was finally banned for two years for his doping offense and his Tour de France victory by the UCI was revoked.

Doping affairs

The team hit the headlines several times because Tyler Hamilton , Santiago Perez and Oscar Camenzind were convicted of doping in 2004. At the end of November 2004, the UCI refused the Phonak team a Pro Tour license because of "lack of consistency in the anti-doping fight" . It was not until the beginning of February 2005 that the team received a license for 2005 and 2006 after a ruling by the International Sports Court (CAS) in Lausanne .

In 2006 the Phonak team hit the headlines again when Sascha Urweider was convicted of doping . After the doctor Eufemiano Fuentes was arrested in May 2006 in the course of the so-called Operación Puerto , the team suspended Santiago Botero and the Giro runner-up José Enrique Gutierrez , both of whom are said to have been in contact with Fuentes. The most recent case is Floyd Landis , who was released without notice by the team on August 5, 2006 after positive A and B samples.


Phonak has announced that it will pursue other priorities in sponsorship in the future , such as musical events. From 2007, the Swiss racing team should therefore have a new main and name sponsor. ARcycling AG, the operating company of the Swiss ProTeam , and Barclays Global Investors NA, based in San Francisco ( USA ), had signed a three-year contract (2007–2009). The team should start in 2007 under the Barclays brand " iShares ". The new main sponsor had been a co-sponsor since last year. Due to the recent doping affair around Floyd Landis , the sponsors withdrew from the takeover, whereby the team was completely dissolved at the end of the 2006 season. In September 2007, Landis was finally suspended for his doping offense and his Tour de France victory was revoked.

2006 season

Successes in the ProTour

date run driver
5th - 12th March Flag of France.svg Overall ranking Paris-Nice Floyd Landis
14th June Flag of Switzerland.svg5th stage Tour de Suisse Steve Morabito
20th of July Flag of France.svg17th stage Tour de France Floyd Landis
September 6th Flag of Poland (bordered) .svg3rd stage Tour of Poland Fabrizio Guidi

Successes in the Continental Circuits

date run driver
February 22 Flag of the United States.svg3rd stage California Tour Floyd Landis
19.-26. February Flag of the United States.svg Overall ranking California Tour Floyd Landis
20th of April Flag of the United States.svg3rd stage Tour de Georgia Floyd Landis
18.-23. April Flag of the United States.svg Overall ranking Tour de Georgia Floyd Landis
May 7th Flag of Spain.svg2nd stage Clásica Alcobendas Aurélien Clerc
July 9 Flag of Austria.svg7th stage tour of Austria Fabrizio Guidi
July 25th Flag of Belgium.svg2nd stage Tour de la Région Wallone Fabrizio Guidi
July 27th Flag of Belgium.svg4th stage of the Tour de la Région Wallone Fabrizio Guidi
24.-28. July Flag of Belgium.svg Overall ranking Tour de la Region Wallone Fabrizio Guidi

Team 2006

Surname birthday nationality Team 2007
Santiago Botero October 27, 1972 ColombiaColombia Colombia UNE orbit
Aurélien Clerc August 6, 1979 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland Bouygues Telecom
Martin Elmiger September 23, 1978 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland ag2r Prévoyance
Luis Fernández Oliveira January 19, 1980 SpainSpain Spain Karpin Galicia
Bert Grabsch June 19, 1975 GermanyGermany Germany T-Mobile
Fabrizio Guidi April 13, 1972 ItalyItaly Italy Barloworld
José Ignacio Gutiérrez 1st December 1977 SpainSpain Spain LPR
José Enrique Gutiérrez June 18, 1974 SpainSpain Spain LPR
Ryder Hesjedal December 9, 1980 CanadaCanada Canada Health Net-Maxxis
Robert Hunter April 22, 1977 South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Barloworld
Nicolas Jalabert April 13, 1973 FranceFrance France Agritubel
Floyd Landis October 14, 1975 United StatesUnited States United States Doping ban
Miguel Ángel Martín Perdiguero October 14, 1972 SpainSpain Spain End of career
Jonathan Patrick McCarty January 24, 1982 United StatesUnited States United States Slipstream Chipotle
Axel Merckx August 8, 1972 BelgiumBelgium Belgium T-Mobile
Koos Moerenhout 5th November 1973 NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Rabobank
Alexandre Moss December 22, 1972 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland BMC Racing Team
Steve Morabito January 30, 1983 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland Astana
Uroš Murn February 9, 1975 SloveniaSlovenia Slovenia Discovery Channel
Víctor Hugo Peña July 10, 1974 ColombiaColombia Colombia
Grégory Rast 17th January 1980 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland Astana
Florian Stalder September 13, 1982 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland Volksbank
Johann Tschopp July 1, 1982 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland Bouygues Telecom
Sascha Urweider September 18, 1980 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland End of career
David Vitoria October 15, 1984 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland BMC Racing Team
Steve Zampieri 4th June 1977 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland Cofidis

See also


  • Andrea Kobler-Kobelt, Georges Lüchinger: Phonak green and yellow passion on two wheels . 1st edition. AS-Verlag, Zurich 2007, ISBN 978-3-909111-36-7 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Phonak Holding AG Annual Report 2006/2007, page 101, information on the Phonak AG sponsorship agreement (PDF; 2.4 MB)