Fri, Oct 19, 2012 - Page 19 News List

Sponsor Nike drops Armstrong contract

DAMAGED GOODS:Another sponsor, Anheuser-Busch, also said it would not renew the disgraced cyclist’s contract, but it would continue to support Livestrong

AFP, AUSTIN, Texas

Britain’s Bradley Wiggins, this year’s Tour de France winner, is among those trying to help healing cycling’s shattered reputation, with his Sky team saying it will require all team members to sign a pledge they have never doped or be dropped from the squad.

“We want a team in which riders are free of the risks of doping and in which fans — new and old — can believe without any doubt or hesitation,” a Sky statement said. “We have been shocked by recent revelations of systemic doping in cycling’s past. So we have taken steps to reaffirm our commitment to being a clean team.”

US federal agents looked into Armstrong for 18 months, but closed their probe earlier this year without filing charges. However, the unprecedented volume and detail of USADA’s findings could lead US prosecutors and companies to consider fresh criminal and civil actions against Armstrong.

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