July 19, 2008
Barloworld dropping team after Tour
Barloworld announced they will no longer sponsor their cycling team after the Tour de France ends.
The decision stems from the EPO positive of Moises Dueñas at the Stage 4 time trial.
“To say that we are disappointed would be an understatement. Cycling has been overshadowed for some time with doping issues which have negatively affected the reputation of the sport. Whilst we have continued to operate within this environment we have always made our position clear on drug use and have acted accordingly,” concluded [corporate marketing head Chris] Fisher.
The British company will honor its contractual obligations, but the team's future is murky. Among the riders under contract with the team are Juan Mauricio Soler and Robbie Hunter.
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