"Call it a day and walk away", was Sir Paul's response to a last minute plea to save the Linda McCartney Racing Team. Britain's only professional cycling team and the world's only vegetarian cycling team has been dissolved due to lack of adequate financial support from the team's new sponsors. Linda McCartney Foods, backer of the team since 1988, ended their sponsorship of the team last year but agreed to allow the team to carry their name and logo to help attract new sponsorship. "There are 35 jobs at stake here and for some of us it will mean the end of our careers," said one cyclist. The Linda McCartney team enjoyed notable success during the 2000 season, but according to a team insider, "As things stand, the Linda McCartney team no longer exists."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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