Tech news flash: July 18, 2008
Saunier Duval-Scott sponsors to pull the plug?
By James Huang
After the recent doping scandal
that will almost certainly wipe the team’s three stage wins from the record
Photo ©: James Huang
scandal involving Saunier Duval-Scott's Riccardo Riccò and Leonardo
Piepoli has unfortunately hit the cycling world hard yet again at a time
when it can hardly withstand much more damage and now the obvious questions
will be raised on whether or not the team's sponsors will continue on.
Saunier Duval spokesman Thierry Leroy has already dropped a hint to French
radio station RTL that the team's days may be numbered, saying "It is
highly probable that we will pull out of sponsoring cycling following
Likewise, team component sponsor SRAM has yet to formally announce anything
but there was still some telling evidence found on a July 17 posting from
the company's recently launched blog, The
"We're extremely disappointed that a team that we sponsor would have
athletes that act with such disregard for the rules and regulations,"
wrote SRAM global communications manager David Zimberoff. "At SRAM, we
have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to illegal behavior in the
"We do not take lightly the actions of those that discredit the
sport," he continued. "We take pride in our products and our
brand's image and want to make sure that everyone knows what we stand
for. We'll all learn more in the next 24 hours, but until then, we will
stop supporting this team and its athletes… In the end, SRAM moves on."
While this statement is still far from any truly official release, it
seems that the writing is on the wall at least as far as SRAM is concerned.
Other major team sponsors Scott Bicycles and Mavic could not be reached
for comment, but we wouldn't be surprised if they expressed the same sentiments
A sad day for cycling, indeed.
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