Cycling team hit by doping loses main sponsor
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Spanish cycling team Saunier Duval lost its main sponsor after two of its riders tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the Tour de France.
Vaillant, a German manufacturer of heating systems, said Wednesday that its Spanish subsidiary was pulling out of sponsoring the Saunier Duval team as a result of "current events."
Saunier Duval's two Italian riders, Riccardo Ricco and Leonardo Piepoli, tested positive for the blood-booster EPO. The team withdrew from the race.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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