Armstrong saga costs Meares sponsors

Yahoo!7 December 23, 2012, 3:22 pm

Anna Meares is hopeful that the corporate world still believes in the credibility of cycling despite the loss of three potential sponsors in the wake of the Lance Armstrong saga.

The Olympic gold medalist has revealed that three new sponsors abandoned negotiations after the scandal broke in August.

Not even a second gold medal in London could overshadow the controversies that have rocked the European road scene.

Meares' revelations come just as car manufacturer Nissan became the second major sponsor to withdraw support from the world tour road team in the off-season.

"With three new contracts of sponsorship in negotiation at the time Lance's news broke, it was sad to see all three contracts pulled with them no longer wanting any interest in the sport of cycling," Meares said.

"It was such bad publicity despite my best efforts to explain that I was a track many people don't understand. But that's to be expected when the biggest star in the sport falls."

Despite the loss, Meares said corporate support for cycling is still strong and she is in good shape heading into the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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  1. Hach02:30am Monday 24th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Shut up u bloody imbecile, Wayne!! You're such a bloody hypocrite!! Go get a life Moron!!! Bloody Troll!!!

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  2. Wayne01:52am Monday 24th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    who cares? i would rather watchpaint dry

  3. Dig12:26am Monday 24th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    David your an idiot, Anna is a pleasure to watch and have in the sport, and these people that have to take drugs to get on in the world, in sports or just in life, well they need a life and don't have one.!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. David11:36pm Sunday 23rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Poor old Meares, flogged by Queen Victoria year after year. She may have won a gold medal and a world title but Victoria Pendleton. a nicer person, kicked her #$%$ so many times. i mean 9 World Titles and many Olympic golds. End of story.

  5. Brian11:33pm Sunday 23rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    2 sports that have ALWAYS been riddled with performance enhancing drugs are cycling and weight-lifting...dump them from the Olympics, they are rampant with cheats. They are infected at ALL levels.

  6. Kit E Kat11:26pm Sunday 23rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Anything is legal, as long as you dont get caught.

  7. Truth set you free11:10pm Sunday 23rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The facts is weather Lance Armstrong did what he that his conscience. In reality man will hold someone to account when he or she has done any wrong. The truth be known since time has began we have been robbed from Governments, companies and corruption of people in authority who sale out the little man. Let be tranparent in Goverments, companies etc then we can be honesty with ourselves,then we have nothing to hind.

  8. 10:55pm Sunday 23rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Meares lost her sponsership through legit reasons, nothing to do with the problems of others

  9. 10:51pm Sunday 23rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    a carbon fibre spring loaded rebound leg is not cheating, but a codral cold and flu tablet is ??????????

  10. 10:47pm Sunday 23rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    until the court says guilty to him or Ben Cousins, they have the right to innocence. the bloody media rule this world and sheep follow. guilty by association is #$%$ i could stand up and say i took drugs, that doesn't mean i really did. aussie armchair athlete and proud of it.