Deutsche Telekom exits cycling after repeated scandals
28 November 2007, Bonn - Deutsche Telekom, sponsors of the high-profile T-Mobile cycling team, announced Tuesday it was pulling out entirely after a series of doping scandals.
28 November 2007
Bonn - Deutsche Telekom, sponsors of the high-profile T-Mobile cycling team, announced Tuesday it was pulling out entirely after a series of doping scandals.
The latest revelations regarding the use of EPO by star rider Patrik Sinkewitz apparently provoked the step announced Tuesday evening.
"We have decided to take this step to distance ourselves and the brand T-Mobile from the latest doping confessions in sport and more particularly cycling," Telekom director and T-Mobile chairman Hamid Akhavan said, ending a 16-year era.
As recently as August 9, the company - Germany's largest telecommunications provider - had pledged to stick with cycling to the end of its contract in 2010.
Team manager Bob Stapleton indicated, however, he intended to continue with the current squad under his own firm High Road Sport.
Former T-Mobile rider Sinkewitz has been banned until 2008 after testing positive for testosterone earlier this year. He received less than the regular two-year ban because he agreed to share his doping knowledge with the BDR and investigating German authorities.
Telekom had a contract until 2010 worth some 10 million euros (15 million dollars) a year in sponsoring.
Subject: German news