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Sponsor Gerolsteiner refuses to commit itself to Hondo

Danilo Hondo would like to go back to Gerolsteiner, but does Gerolsteiner want him? Hondo's manager, Tony Rominger, has said that Hondo's former team is his first choice. Team manager Hans-Michael Holczer has stayed in contact with Hondo during his doping suspension and has made no secret of the fact that he would like to have Hondo riding for him again. However, sponsor Gerolsteiner has repeated over the last year that it will not accept riders who have doped, and would consider re-signing Hondo only if he was cleared of all charges.

Stefan Göbel, Director for Corporate Communications, told Cyclingnews this morning, that while the company is of course aware of the latest development in the case, it does not have any information over the details or the reactions of the parties involved, and could not comment on the merits of the case, and "we do not see any reason to make a decision at this time."

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

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