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13.03.2008/ Team CSC's current main sponsor, the Information Technology company CSC, is leaving professional cycling when its contract expires at the end of this year. CSC indicated the decision reflects a shift in priorities as the company makes new investments to implement a strategic long-term growth plan.

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"Our involvement in the sport of cycling has been a positive and productive experience," said Henrik Bo Pedersen, the CSC executive responsible for overseeing the sponsorship. "We will continue to support the Team and exercise our sponsorship rights during the 2008 race season. At the same time, we are committed to helping the team secure a new title sponsor."

"Our company and employees have enjoyed our relationship with the riders, staff and management of Team CSC," said Pedersen. "We especially wish to thank each member of Riis Cycling for their dedication and commitment to making professional cycling a healthy and safe sport."

"We have had a long and excellent collaboration with CSC and when it comes to an end after this season we can look back upon eight years that have been very fruitful for both partners. CSC has made it possible for us to reach the highest heights in professional cycling and at the same time we have inspired their 91,000 employees and helped them to develop their client relationships in a very unique way. We're very proud of all we've done together in the past and look forward to sharing a lot of great experiences with CSC this season," says Bjarne Riis.

"This marks the beginning of something new for us and I know that we are ready to go out and show the world that we are here to stay. We have an exceptional product with worldwide exposure that we can offer to a new sponsor. We believe we have the best team in the world, both the riders on their bikes and the staff supporting them behind the scenes. Over the years, this exceptional group of people have proven that they know how to deliver value to their sponsors. I'm optimistic about the future, even though cycling has its challenges. We have a team that is a ready to lead the way and an organisation that is up for the task at hand," Bjarne Riis adds. 

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