In the wake of the recent USADA report into doping by Lance Armstrong and Co within the USPS and Discovery Channel cycling teams, professional cyclings longest serving team sponsor Rabobank has announced this evening it will leave the sport. The icing on the cake was the news that disgraced doper and recently sacked Quick Step rider Levi Leipheimer was loading up with EPO and performing blood transfusions whilst at the team earlier in his career.
In what has been received like a "smack in the face" to the teams GC rider Robert Gesink the Dutchman reported to Cyclingnews “Of course there were a lot of bad things going on in cycling, everyone saw and it’s never a good thing to have a sponsors name on something like that and I didn’t think it would happen. Not at this moment when the team is full of young guys doing things the right way. Now the generation gets shit from a different generation from before who did wrong things. Now we’re losing one of the biggest sponsors in cycling ever. I don’t have any words for it but it’s one of the worst things that could happen.”
Be set for more fallout within the sponsorship ranks as the ghosts of the epo generation of the nineties come back to haunt the new generation of riders, those that are still throwing positives aka Frank Schleck THERE IS NO ROOM FOR YOU IN THE SPORT!