Franke pulls out of sponsorship deal with Patrick Lefevere

Swiss company Franke, best known for its kitchen systems, has decided to pull out of a sponsorship deal with Belgian cycling team Quickstep. At the end of 2006, an agreement was made with Team Manager Patrick Lefevere that the company would become main sponsor for a four-year period, beginning in 2008 with the option for an extra two years.

The decision to withdraw from the agreement comes after two rounds of voting in the company. Franke believes that there exists a negative image of cycling and it decided to withdraw from the agreement.

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