The Swiss businessman Andy Rihs’s Wednesday night at the age of 75 died after a long battle against leukemia. That messages in various media.
Rihs was the driving force behind cycling team BMC (a bicycle manufacturer), the team of Greg Van Avermaet, Jurgen Roelandts, Dylan Teuns and Loïc Vliegen. He started that team after he earlier in the peloton was active with Phonak (market leader in hearing aids). After the doping scandal around tour winner Floyd Landis in 2006, he left that team dissolve.
With BMC won the Rihs in 2011, the Tour when Cadel Evans with the yellow to go home. Philippe Gilbert won some nice successes in the red-and-black shirt.
What with the team?
By the sukkelende health of lender Rihs went he signed up Jim Ochowicz over the last few months been looking to the budget to have a WorldTour team in 2019 in the peloton to keep. A job with more and more positive signals. Ochowicz asked his riders still have time until the beginning of may, but there seems rather to have been shot in the case.
Thanks to the advent of a new CEO at BMC would fietsconstructeur anyway with the team to remain as a cosponsor. Also the signatures of the other cosponsors are already there. Yet is still lacking a main sponsor, but this would Ochowicz screens with three candidates. He wants to be a project of long-term, among others, with Van Avermaet and Teuns as spearheads.
In addition to wielersponsor was Rihs also owns the Swiss football team Young Boys Bern.