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No CSC decision to stop sponsorship

Bjarne Riis (L) sits alongside team spokesperson Brian Nygaard.

Bjarne Riis (L) sits alongside team spokesperson Brian Nygaard. (Image credit: Anthony Tan)

Despite press reports to the contrary, CSC has no intention at this point of cancelling its sponsorship of the ProTour cycling team of the same name, in light of team manager Bjarne Riis' confession that he used illegal doping products during the 1990s. Discussions are continuing, but no decision has yet been reached, said company sponsoring director Ole Egeblad, and it is not known when a decision might be reached.

Earlier reports had indicated that the company would end its sponsorship before the contract expired in 2008. These reports were based on quotes from Asger Jensby, a former CSC employee who had negotiated the original sponsorship contract for the firm. "I don't know, but I think there is a good possibility for that, " he said in the Berlingske Tidende newspaper.

CSC spokesman Brian Nygaard pointed out that Jensby was fired from CSC over four years ago, and told Cyclingnews that "Jensby is by no means a source for any activity or decision made by CSC."

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