BMC owner Andy Rihs loses fight against leukemia
Apr 19 2018 07:01 pm CET

BMC owner Andy Rihs loses fight against leukemia
BMC owner Andy Rihs loses fight against leukemia
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Andy Rihs has passed away at the age of 75. He lost a long battle against leukemia. The Swiss entrepreneur was owner of bicycle manufacturer BMC, as well as the BMC Racing Team that announced the death on Thursday morning.

"It is with great sadness that BMC Racing Team announces the death of owner Andy Rihs. Andy Rihs died after a patient and valiantly endured illness at the age of 75 on Wednesday, 18 April in the Susenberg clinic in Zurich, Switzerland in the presence of his family," read the statement.

In 2000 Rihs entered the world of cycling by sponsoring a cycling team as head of his family business Phonak. Six years later he left the sport shortly after the doping scandal around Floyd Landis. Also in 2000 he took over the BMC and started producing Swiss high-quality bikes. In 2007 he founded the BMC Racing Team together with American Jim Ochowicz.

BMC’s biggest wins included the Tour de France win of Cadel Evans in 2011, two world titles on the team time trial in 2014 & 2015, and many other victories of riders like Greg van Avermaet, Philip Gilbert, Thor Hushovd and Richie Porte.

The illness of Rihs has caused insecurity among the BMC Racing Team, currently looking for sponsors to continue the team in the next season. Ochowicz, busy with looking for funds to keep the team going, is positive about the negotiations with potential sponsors.

We at CyclingPub would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Andy Rihs, and to everyone at the BMC Racing Team.
Image: BMC Racing Team logo





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