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April 27, 2004

More trouble for Kelme

Procycling | New threat looms for Kelme team

Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme have been rocked by the allegations of their former rider Jesus Manzano, but they may now face UCI suspension for continuing financial problems. Over the last 2 seasons, the team has had problems making salary for its riders, and it survived demotion to Division II this season largely through the addition of a new sponsor, Comunidad Valenciana.

Stories in both Marca and AS state that the UCI is considering suspending the team from all competition unless the Comunitat Valenciana signs and seals a contractual agreement registering their sponsorship. The team's management have been saying that this problem will be resolved "in the next few days" for the past two months, but it now appears a deadline is looming.

Seven of the team's riders have not received licenses for this season.

With the Giro organisers still contemplating rejecting the team from their event following Manzano's recent accusations, the sport's longest standing pro team now finds itself battling on two fronts to ensure it lines up at its major objectives of the season.

Posted by Frank Steele on April 27, 2004 | Permalink

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