The Austrian Continental team RV ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein announced that it has cancelled its contract with Christof Kerschbaum. The team said that "in all probability" Kerschbaum was the rider recently arrested for dealing in doping products.
The name of the person arrested this week has never officially been made public, although he has been identified in the press as "K", a 32-year-old rider who has performed well on the national level.
Kerschbaum has been with the team since 2007. The team management and teammates have been unable to contact him for several days, and he did not attend a mandatory press conference on Thursday.
"Now we know why," said Wilfried Luger, the club's chairman. "The club management has decided to immediately end our association with Christof Kerschbaum. We owe this to the young riders and their parents, the sponsors and club supporters as well as the many volunteers."(SW)