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Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. awaits the start of the fifth stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Le Cap d'Agde and Perpignan , July 8, 2009. (CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS)
Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. awaits the start of the fifth stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Le Cap d'Agde and Perpignan , July 8, 2009. (CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS)

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Anheuser Busch: Brewer says it will end its relationship with Lance Armstrong when his contract expires at the end of 2012, though it would continue to back his foundation and its athletic events.

Nike: U.S. sportswear giant drops disgraced cyclist over the doping scandal last week.

Oakley: Sunglasses maker drops Armstrong on Monday following the UCI decision.

Others: Trek Bicycles and the energy drink maker FRS are also ending their relationships with the cyclist. Helmet sponsor Giro and Honey Stinger, a maker of foods and gels for athletes, have distanced themselves from Armstrong. Technology retailer Radioshack says it has no current obligations with Armstrong while health club franchise 24HR Fitness has also dropped him.

Pulls out: Dutch bank Rabobank pulls out of pro cycling. The bank is the biggest backer of the high profile Dutch Rabobank team, with total sponsorship worth €15-million ($20-million U.S.) a year.

Wants refund: Dallas insurance company SCA Promotions is demanding the return of millions of dollars in bonuses paid to Armstrong.

Reuters, Associated Press

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