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Rabobank stops sponsoring cycling teams after doping scandal

Friday 19 October 2012

Rabobank is to stop sponsoring professional cycling teams from the end of this year following the latest doping scandal, the cooperative bank said in a statement on Friday.

Rabobank will continue its ties with amateur cycling as a sponsor, including the youth training and the cyclocross team, the bank said.

The decision follows publication of the report from the American doping authority USADA last week. In the report, one witness claimed he had used banned substances while cycling for the Rabobank team.

'It is with pain in our heart, but for the bank this is an inevitable decision,' management board member Bert Bruggink said. 'We are no longer convinced the international professional world of cycling can make this a clean and fair sport. We are not confident this will change for the better in the foreseeable future.'

Rabobank started its involvement in cycling 17 years ago.

According to the Telegraaf, another 'multinational' is considering setting up a new Dutch-based cycling team, while other reports suggest bike maker Giant may take over the sponsorship deal.

Cycling doping scandal involved Rabobank, says witness

Is Rabobank right? Have your say using the comment box below.

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Readers' comments (16)

It happened quite a few times already, when you use a professional athlete to carry your ad banners, quite often at the end the reality behind the banner gets quite ugly. After such ad campaigns leave bad taste in the mouth at the end, I'd rather support the Rabobank decision.

By George | October 19, 2012 8:41 AM

well if u ask me , rabobank wanted to stop sponsoring and the scandal was probably planted to help them do so.

By dork | October 19, 2012 9:23 AM

If Rabobank were shocked by doping then they had the opportunity to use that excuse to pull out back in the 2007 Rasmussen episode.
This move now smacks of an opportunistic economic decison

By Stokie | October 19, 2012 9:48 AM

@Dork - Seriously?

Please don't post comments of this nature. It's dangerous - I nearly suffocated laughing this morning!

By Nika | October 19, 2012 10:02 AM

Rabobank was heavily invested in the sport when it was at it's worst. They paid millions to cheaters, frauds and liars. Now the sport is cleaning up and how does Rabobank respond to this? They pull their funding! As soon as honesty and integrity starts playing a part, Rabobank stops.
The messsage they send is this: Chaeting = Good. Honesty = Bad.
This speaks volumes of what kind of company Rabobank is.

By Gulvplanke | October 19, 2012 10:27 AM

The sport is now probably the cleanest it's been in the whole time Rabbobank has been involved in it. Very sad decision for the cycling world. I feel sorry for all the riders and support staff that could now lose their livelihood through no fault of their own:(

By MarkF | October 19, 2012 11:51 AM

actually i'm pleased to hear that finally a big sponsor stops the aid to this team from which they all knew what was happening.so stop the bullshit in this sport and lets see what happens without dope.it's time for new talent fresh and clean.
by the way thanks mr texas lance corleone

By rob | October 19, 2012 1:04 PM

Wise decision- cycling like most major "sports" has become corrupted by the huge amounts of corporate money thrown at it.Hopefully the money saved by Robbebank will be used to provide improved risk free banking services to its customers ( remember those?)and then into local community projects that directly benefit the young and not the spoilt golden boys and their drug dealing doctors, Whew ! next target football and then????

By Nicolas | October 19, 2012 1:21 PM

I agree with it... big sport = big money = big dopping....

By Pawel | October 19, 2012 2:09 PM

Rabobank showing again why it is the best bank in the Netherlands with this decision. Not sure why there is so much outcry - if you love the cyclists so much stump up your own cash.

By Sir Charles Moore | October 19, 2012 5:02 PM

What's with the twisted logic of some of these commeters? That Rabobank was involved during the doping era and is now withdrawing means they support cheating? And if that's the logic conclusion of pulling sponsorship now, it just leaves them with that legacy - and you think they'd be happy with that? That they wouldn't want to run a clean team to clear their sponsorship reputation? What school of logic did you study?

It's the right call. Send the message that doping is no longer profitable. Show dopers and their support teams that they lose their contracts if they dope. That's the only way it'll REALLY get cleaned up.

By Bry M. | October 19, 2012 10:59 PM

so funny to read these negative comments.
I dont know how Gulvpanke came to his/her point. I strongly disagree. I dont think there is anything to do with honesty in this case. On the other hand a bank, that need to protect its name, cannot stand behind a team that cheats. As simply as that.Good decision and the message is, do not cheat or u will lose the funding...

By adam | October 20, 2012 1:54 AM

So long there's money to be made without getting caught, so long the stakes are high enough, the bank will play along. :)

By The visitor | October 20, 2012 2:06 AM

actually, Rabobank is still paying their riders through next year, still have a huge development program, still have cyclocross, women, and skating, they are just 'white labeling' the pro team because the UCI is corrupt and they are insulating themselves from it

By cyclist | October 20, 2012 10:57 AM

So easy to blame! If you wanted to participate in Le Tour, you had to dope because those competing were - that simple. Cyclist have been the victim in this profit oriented debacle - how many millions did Mr Texas make? Nearly enough to make him President! The answer is not more drug testing, it is more "amateurs" - lovers of the sport. Ban sponsorship!

By Max Harmreduction | October 20, 2012 9:43 PM

Max- that sounds great in theory, but guys are doping now for Grand Fondo's! masters are doping now for weekend races. medical technology has come to a point where you are never going to get rid of it now in endurance sports

By cyclist | October 22, 2012 8:13 AM

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