Rabobank Withdraw Cycling Sponsorship after Drug Scandal
By Community | October 19, 2012
Rabobank is set to end their cycling sponsorship at the end of the year after losing faith in the sport following the recent drug scandal surrounding Lance Armstrong.
The Dutch lender decision to end its long association with the sport follows publication of a report by the US 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, viagra ” Bert Bruggink, online Rabobank board member, cialis 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 organised 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.