Following an official announcement from the Valencian government, who have chosen to discontinue their sponsorship of the Comunidad Valenciana cycling team, the team indicated they will no longer race as of Sunday week, August 20, according to Cyclingnews.be.
After being excluded from the Tour de France and Vuelta a España based on the ongoing investigation known as ‘Operación Puerto’, incriminating former assistant sports director José Ignacio Labarta, the Valencian government said “it is no longer viable to project [the ideals of] sport through elite cycling”. Instead, the government guaranteed the ongoing support of cycling oriented towards “the promotion of a healthy lifestyle”.
It’s sad to see one of the feeder teams to the ProTour disband.
What happens to a lush fertile valley when you dam a river upstream?