Wuerth out as co-sponsor of team in doping probe

BERLIN -- German nuts and bolts company
Wuerth said on Monday it was withdrawing immediately as
co-sponsor of racing team Astana-Wuerth, following its
withdrawal from the Tour de France over doping.

"The decision is a reaction to the suspension of individual
riders and the related pulling out of the team from the 2006
Tour de France," the company said in a statement.

Five riders in the team appeared on a list of nine Tour
riders named in a doping investigation in Spain. The team,
formerly known as Liberty Seguros, is led by Kazakh Alexander
Vinokourov, who was fifth last year.