BMC Racing team owner Andy Rihs dies aged 75

Rihs died on Wednesday after enduring a long illness

Andy Rihs (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

BMC Racing's main backer and long-time sponsor in cycling, Andy Rihs died Wednesday evening from ongoing health issues. The Swiss businessman was 75 years old.

Rihs's hearing aid company backed Team Phonak from 2000 to 2006. BMC Racing, promoting his BMC bicycle company, began in 2007 and continues on today.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.