News for December 6, 1996

DuPont pulls out of 1997 race

DuPont has announced that the company will discontinue its involvement with the Tour DuPont cycling event, effective immediately.

"DuPont will not sponsor the race in 1997 since contractual obligations have not been met as a result of a lawsuit between the event's owners," says DuPont Brand Manager Jamie Murray. "This has resulted in six months of planning delays, and the dissolution of the event's management team, which had provided continuity for the race."

DuPont announced in July that the company would not renew its contract option for title sponsorship of the event after the 1997 race.

Museeuw awarded Velo d'Or 1996

Belgian World Champion and World Cup winner Johan Museeuw has been awarded Velo Magazine's prestigious price Velo d'Or as the best cyclist of 1996. The jury is composed of 20 leading cycling journalists from 19 countries. 8 had Museeuw in first place.

Velo d'Or 1996 (Top ten):

 1. Johan Museeuw (Bel)		80 pts
 2. Bjarne Riis (Den)		69
 3. Alex Zulle (Sch)		42
 4. Chris Boardman (Gbr)	33
 5. Pascal Richard (Sch)	21
 6. Jeannie Longo (Fra)		16,5
 7. Florian Rousseau (Fra)	 8
 8. Pavel Tonkov (Rus)		 6
 9. Miguel Indurain (Spa)	 4
10. Alison Sydor (Can)		 3,5