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Team Milram will shut doors after 2010 season

There will be no ProTour cycling team based in Germany for the 2011 season after Milram announced Tuesday they had failed to find a new main sponsor.

“We have not found a new main sponsor,” team manager Gerry van Gerwen, head of Germany’s only remaining cycling team, told SID, an AFP subsidiary.

“I could not therefore provide the UCI with the required contracts for sponsors, drivers and staff.”

Milram will return its ProTour licence for the 2011 season to the UCI and will cease to exist next year.

Having competed on the professional circuit since 2006, Team Milram’s employees are under contract until December 31 2010 and the team’s last race will be the Tour of Lombardy in Italy on October 16.

At least a few of the current riders know where they will be in 2011. Roger Kluge is joining Skil-Shimano, Niki Terpstra and Gerald Ciolek are headed to Quick Step and Roy Sentjens is retiring after a doping positive was announced last month.

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