Jim Ochowicz and Andy Rihs confirmed the team’s future beyond 2016. ©BMC/Georges Lüchinger
BMC Racing Team is set to continue beyond 2016 backed by title sponsor BMC Switzerland, BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced today.
2016 marks the tenth anniversary of BMC Racing Team, growing from a US continental team in 2006 to one of the most competitive teams today, since receiving ProTour status in 2011.
BMC Switzerland owner Andy Rihs said the decision to renew the team’s sponsorship was logical.
“We continue to make our bicycles, so I think it’s the best way to promote cycling, besides all of the fun and excitement and passion we have with the riders and the organization. We will continue to do what we have done every year. We try to win again at the Tour de France, we try to win the classics, and that makes it exciting for everybody,” Rihs stated.
Ochowicz confirmed that the team’s future beyond the 2016 season has been a clear objective.
“We have always been thinking long term with our program throughout the years as we continue to develop our organization. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to the future.”
Looking towards 2016
The announcement was delivered in Denia, Spain where BMC Racing Team’s riders and staff have gathered for the 2016 kick off.
“The last two weeks have been very productive in as many ways as I can mention. Up until this point today we have accomplished all of our objectives with the December camp. We’ll all be leaving here this weekend and if everything continues to go as planned, we’ll be on our way to the holidays and then into our first competition in Australia in January,” said Ochowicz.
BMC Racing Team will have four primary objectives for the 2016 season, in no particular order, according to Ochowicz.
“The goals for 2016 are on four fronts. The first is that we want to be in the top three on the WorldTour team rankings at the end of the season because that reflects consistent performances in all of the WorldTour races. We are a team that focuses on the classics so we would like to win a classic. We would also like to, with one of our two GC riders (van Garderen and Porte), win the Tour de France and our fourth goal is to defend our past two years’ Team Time Trial title at the World Championships.”
In keeping with BMC Racing Team policy, no other terms or conditions of the sponsorship were released.