Skoda may pull Tour de France sponsorship

7th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

PRAGUE, Aug 7, 2006 (AFP) - One of the Tour de France's main sponsors, Czech carmaker Skoda Auto, is reflecting on whether to continue with its four year deal in the wake of the doping scandal that marred this year's race.

PRAGUE, Aug 7, 2006 (AFP) - One of the Tour de France's main sponsors, Czech carmaker Skoda Auto, is reflecting on whether to continue with its four year deal in the wake of the doping scandal that marred this year's race.

"We will have to weigh up the effect of the scandal," spokesman Jaroslav Cerny told AFP on Monday.

"Generally we are content with the sponsorship," he added.

Skoda Auto's four year sponsorship contract runs out in 2007 with a decision on its renewal expected by the end of this year, Cerny explained. The size of the contract has not be made public.

Sponsorship of the Tour has helped increase the biggest Czech car maker's visibility in a number of key European markets, such as France, Italy and Spain, Cerny told Czech agency CTK on Monday.

During the first six months of the year, the Volkswagen group company, for example, increased its auto sales in France by 4.0 percent to 8,200 compared with the same period in 2005, Cerny added.

This year's Tour winner, American Floyd Landis, is set to be stripped of his title after testing positive for abnormal levels of testosterone, his case further damaging a sport already tarnished by previous doping scandals.

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