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Benfica ends contract of Sergio Ribeiro

By Monika Prell

The Portuguese Professional Continental team Benfica has set an immediate end to the contract of the Portuguese rider Sergio Ribeiro. The 26 year-old Ribeiro, one of the world's top Portuguese riders, has failed to secure the squad a top result in the early parts of 2007.

In a press release LagosBike, the company which manages Benfica, explained that the decision was taken after the cyclist, "did not fulfil the ethical codes that are claimed by the team Benfica and that the cyclist knows perfectly."

"[Ribeiro] has accepted his own errors and [we] wish him the best luck for his professional future," ended the statement.

According to, team manages added: "This decision will only strengthen the cyclist team Benfica both internal and external."

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