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Bartko's team separates from sponsor

The "US Financial Team," a German professional track racing team built around world champion Robert Bartko, is no more. "The riders will immediately start racing in the club jerseys without the sponsor's logo," said club leader Werner Otto. "We were very hopeful for this project, because it was an enormous chance for track cycling. In the end it turned out to be an enormous disappointment."

The club and the sponsor separated after financial difficulties dating back to last fall. Bartko is now seeking legal assistance in getting paid by the sponsor, with whom he allegedly has a contract through 2009.

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

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