BMC Team Manager Admits The Team’s Future Is Still In Doubt

Jim Ochowicz says he’s still looking for backers

It seems that the future of BMC Racing Team is far from safe with the team manager confirming that he is still looking for financial backers if the team is to stay alive for the 2019 season.

Jim Ochowicz, the American’s team manager, said, “At the moment I would not be able to make a team because I do not have the money”.

Riders like Richie Porte and Greg Van Avermaet will be forced to look elsewhere if Ochowicz fails to find a new title sponsor for the team.

BMC managed to hold the the pink leader’s jersey for four stages at this year’s race

“I still am no clearer about the future of the team,” Ochowicz told Het Nieuwsblad. “At the moment I could not make a team because I do not have any money.

“However, I don’t want to put a deadline on finding the much-needed sponsor,” said the American. “Even the Tour is not a deadline for me. At this moment, I simply can not say anything.

“When is it? We’d rather have it done two weeks ago than next week. But I am confident that the riders will continue to focus on their job, especially in the Tour. The current situation will not affect that. ”

“I know that I can lose a number of top riders, but that’d be the case if I had budget anyway, because there are a lot of riders end of contract.” he said, this is particularly true for riders like Van Avermaet and Porte who are in their last year with the team.

“However, I also know that every year some of the top riders only sign with a team in December.”

It’s reported that riders like Rohan Dennis have already started looking elsewhere with Bahrain-Merida keen on the Australian rider. Van Avermaet has also been on Vincenzo Nibali’s books but it’s thought that he would like to stay with the team as a first choice.