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by Mark Zalewski
July 6, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: By a hair! Kittel takes photo-finish sprint over Coquard at Tour de France; Giro Rosa Round-up: Tiffany Cromwell outsprints them all in stage 4, Stevens stays in pink; Canty wins first climbing stage of Tour of Austria; Australian Olympic cycling team announced; UCI ‘happy to collaborate’ with others in fighting motor use; Tour leader Sagan on safety in the bunch: ‘I don’t want to fight with sprinters and also GC riders’; Bouhanni suing over fight; Brailsford says Cummings’ complaint should be heard; Rihs: BMC Racing Team is holding out for a backer like Apple; Anna van der Breggen to join Boels-Dolmans in 2017; Doug Ryder on a rejuvenated Mark Cavendish: ‘What a f**king legend’; Tour de France, stage 4 recap; Etixx-QuickStep before, after stage 3; Between stages with Giant-Alpecin; Cavendish waiting for photo finish results; Kittel exhausted
Although French publication l’Equipe has reported that BMC will quit its backing of a WorldTour team at the end of 2017, team owner Andy Rihs has told CyclingTips that the squad is a long term project.
Rihs is the owner of the BMC bicycle company which has bankrolled the team for many years, and spoke to CyclingTips this week at the Tour de France. He said that the squad has had many approaches from potential backers, but was holding out for the right one.
“It is not just about the amount of money,” he said. “To add something to BMC, it must be really an important player who is maybe also able one day to run it without BMC. All the time people have been coming to us to speak but until now we have not said yes. It is not excluded that somebody comes. We are also looking out all the time. But we don’t want a medium kind of thing, because BMC is itself a big cycling brand.
“If Apple comes, of course I would not say no. Or Google, or hi-tech companies, or Tesla or whatever it is. That would be the image where we would like to go with.”
Rihs’ stated intentions appear to be in direct contradiction to what l’Equipe is saying, namely that after 2017 he would stop the team and instead consider supplying bicycles to another squad.
Click through to read more at CyclingTips.