Sponsors Belkin to withdraw from cycling
The Dutch Belkin Pro Cycling Team rides during a track reconnaissance run in Oudenaarde, Belgium on April 2, 2014 - by Dirk Waem
"By the end of 2014 Belkin will exit as the title sponsor of the team. The Belkin Pro Cycling team will start an immediate search for a new title sponsor," a statement read on the team's official website.
Belkin took over sponsorship of the Dutch team in mid-2013, replacing longtime sponsors Radobank, who became disgruntled with the climate of doping in the sport.
The company said that it had taken up a role in cycling to promote its products in Europe where cycling is strongest, but that now it wanted to switch to a more international approach.
The current Belkin team consists of: Lars Boom, Laurens ten Dam, Robert Gesink, Jonathan Hivert, Bauke Mollema, Maarten Tjallingii, Sep Vanmarke, Lars Peter Nordhaug and Juan Manuel Garate.