Rabobank : exit the sport

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  1. limerickman

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    One the biggest sponsors and one of the longest serving sponsors in the sport has decided to terminate it's role in the sport.

    Rabobank have called it a day blaming the UCI's failure to deal with the problem of doping.

    The Armstrong doping concealment and the UCI's failure to deal with the concealment appears to be the reason for Rabo exitting the sport.

    Riders losing their livelihoods now : thanks Hein.


    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch lender Rabobank said it would stop sponsoring professional cyclingteams at the end of this year, because it had lost faith in the ability of cycling's governing body to clean up the sport following the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.
    Rabobank's decision to end its long association with the sport follows publication of a report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) last week which the Dutch bank said "spoke volumes" about the extent of the drug problem facing the sport.
    "We are no longer convinced that the international professional world of cycling can make this a clean and fair sport. We are not confident that this will change for the better in the foreseeable future," Bert Bruggink, Rabobank board member, said in a statement.
    "We are pulling out of professional cycling. It is painful. Not just for Rabobank, but especially for the enthusiasts and the cyclists who are not to blame in this," he added.
    Armstrong is set to lose his record seven Tour de France titles after USADA said the American took part in and organized an elaborate, sophisticated doping scheme on his way to his unrivalled success.
    The 41-year-old cancer survivor has always denied taking banned substances but has decided not to challenge the USADA charges. Nike on Wednesday ended its sponsorship of Armstrong, who also announced he was stepping down as chairman of the cancer support charity he founded.
    In a nation obsessed with both amateur and professional cycling, Rabobank is the biggest sponsor in Dutch professional cycling with total sponsorship worth 15 million euros ($19.64 million) a year.
    American rider Levi Leipheimer, who rode for Rabobank between 2002 and 2004, was sacked this week by the Quick-Step Cycling Team after admitting to the USADA investigation that he took banned substances.
    Leipheimer, 38, was one of 11 former team mates to testify against Armstrong.
    TESTIMONY
    Leipheimer, who took part in 10 Tour de France competitions and finished in the top 10 four times, told the USADA he took EPO and testosterone with the help of the U.S. Postal Service doctor.
    "I continued to use EPO while with Rabobank in 2002, 2003, 2004 and was also assisted in using it by the Rabobank team doctor."
    Leipheimer testified to the USADA that in 2005 Armstrong and the entire U.S. Postal Service team received blood transfusions after a stage in the Tour de France.
    He also testified that other members of the Rabobank team used banned substances.
    Another sponsor, SKINS, which is a partner of the Rabobank team, said on Thursday it would reconsider its association with the sport if its UCI governing body failed to act on doping.
    British team Sky, sponsored by pay TV company BSkyB, said this week it would sack team members unless they signed a document saying they had never doped.
    The Rabobank cycling team, which has taken part in every single Tour de France since 1984 said in a statement it regretted but understood the bank's decision.
    "We've been cycling for 17 years now with the name Rabobank proudly on our shirts and it hurts that going forward we'll have to do without that name," it said.
     
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  2. daveryanwyoming

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    And SKINS followed that up with this open letter to the UCI: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/skins-compression-chairman-demands-action-171300663.html
     
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    Skins have been outspoken for a while. They supported the New Cycling Pathway conference back in 2010, whilst Cycling Australia and the UCI and a bunch of other muppets were threatening legal action against the organiser. http://www.newcyclingpathway.com/ The report is a good if you haven't already read here is the link; http://www.newcyclingpathway.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/21-NOW-FINAL-.pdf
     
  4. limerickman

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    Thanks Dave!
     
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    You do know that Rabo are honouring the riders contracts?

    From your link this other issue

    Rabobank was not only shocked by the riders' doping confession made in the report, but mostly by the allegations that the international governing cycling tolerated or perhaps even covered up cheating in the sport. "The report shows that the international cycling world is flawed. Doping is everywhere at professional races and moreover it is supported even within the highest institutions of the cycling world. Our conclusion is thus that there is no way out of it. Which is why we have decided to stop supporting the professional teams," Bruggink said.
     
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    They must be commended for that, it adds a lot of weight to their statements.
     
  8. limerickman

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    Aye.

    The fact that they're gonna honour the riders contract is a positive.

    I fear that the fallout from this doping/doping coverup will see other teams exiting the sport unfortunately.
     
  9. qdc15

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    Good riddance, Robobank! Who needs sponsors? Riders should compete for the love of the sport and for the drugs.
     
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  11. CAMPYBOB

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    Lim, yes...that's why I posted it. No Rabo nameplate, but they are paying at least some of the riders for another season.

    vspa, you lost me.
     
  12. vspa

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    didn't you publish pictures of all time cycling greats tied up to doping scandals ? ----------------------------------- the Rabobank decision is really a strong statement... they are willing to pay the riders but not having anything to do with the sport, its quite understandable though,
     
  13. CAMPYBOB

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    Yes. Several.

    I can't recall if any Rabo riders were in those posts though.
     
  14. vspa

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    we are talking of 2 different threads, nevermind
     
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