Marc Biver has confirmed he is creating a new team for 2019 but has made it clear he will not be the savour of the BMC Racing team, which is in a race against time to find a new title sponsor.
The 66-year-old Biver is known for managing the Astana team in 2007 when Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for blood doping. He also organised the Tour de Suisse with the IMG management company and worked as an agent for a number of riders, including Tony Rominger.
Biver’s brother Jean-Claude, is the CEO of Tag Heuer, and the Swiss watch brand became a sponsor of the BMC Racing team in 2017. Marc had reportedly been leading the search for new sponsors to replace BMC, but the US-registered WorldTour team has yet to find a backer, with some of its leading riders in talks with other teams for 2019.
Biver confirmed he is no longer linked to Jim Ochowicz’s team and is working on creating his own team. However, he ruled out that Tag Heuer will be a sponsor, and did not specify if the team will try to secure a place in the WorldTour or start at Pro Continental level.
“I can confirm that I’m busy setting up a new team,” Biver told Luxembourg newspaper Wort, adding: “TAG Heuer has nothing to do with it.”
“This team has absolutely nothing to do with the current BMC team. It is not the successor. I do not know what’s happening with the BMC team. That’s not my problem anymore.”
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