The future of the cycling team around Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet hung in 2018 for a long time by a thread. Manager Jim Ochowicz was looking for a new title sponsor for BMC Racing Team, after the death of the strong man Andy Rihs. In that period, also worked for the Swiss Native Marc Biver to a new team.
The former manager of the Astana team it was in the spring of 2018 via mail approached by a potential lender from Knokke. S. G. would spread over nine seasons had been willing to 225 million euros in the new team pumps. In the media at the time was even talk of a 320 million euro. The backbone of the team of Biver would then be formed by former BMC-riders such as Greg Van Avermaet, Dylan Teuns and Stefan Küng.
at the End of June believed Biver is still in the project, but in that period it became clear that S. G. a fabulous turned out to be. On several appointments, among other things, in Nice, was the alleged lender just won't show up. He also explained never issue a bank guarantee.
Biver and his lawyers were finally at the Bruges magistrate a complaint in due to scams. The victim claims that he is already quite cost had made to the new team to start up. So had he, for example, when the UCI is already a WorldTour licence applied for. In addition, he suffered to own say damaged reputation in the cycling world. In total, Biver 300,000 euros compensation.
The suspect was recently arrested and this afternoon held by the examining magistrate. Tuesday decides the city council chamber or he longer in the prison must remain.