Milram consider dropping sponsorship: report

Early exit possible

Milram could be out of cycling before 2010

German milk-product manufacturers Milram are considering an early exit from their multi-million euro sponsorship of the professional cycling team, a report claimed on Thursday.

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According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the company are already taking legal advice about whether they can finish their contract before it expires in 2010.

The current sponsorship contract is reported to be worth €8 million ($US10.3 million) per year.

Milram are now the only professional cycling team in Germany after mineral-water distributor Gerolsteiner refused to renew their contract.

Cycling in Germany has already been rocked by the news next year’s Tour of Germany has been cancelled after a series of high-profile failed drugs tests.

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