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Skil-Shimano to annul Beppu contract
Skil-Shimano is to annul Fumiyuki Beppu's contract, which was set to run until the end of 2010. Beppu recently reached a verbal agreement with Team RadioShack, without permission and without notifying Skil Shimano.
The 26-year-old has now acknowledged that he has a valid contract with Skil-Shimano and is unable to leave the team and sign a contract elsewhere without Skil-Shimano's permission. This acknowledgment was a point of principle for Skil-Shimano, because an alternative reading would have undermined relations between teams and riders under contract, and existing contracts would no longer have been binding.
After this principle decision on the validity of the existing contract and the rider's obligations vis-〓-vis his employer, Beppu was offered the option of getting out of his contract through payment of non-negotiable compensation to his employer, bearing in mind the team is no longer confident of a continued successful relationship due to the rider's actions a few months ago.
Skil-Shimano does not have any plans to replace Beppu at the moment. The team will continue to focus on the current roster of riders and prepare thoroughly for the coming season. The team is also confident its four remaining Asian riders will be able to make an undiminished contribution to the development and promotion of cycling in China and Japan, which is one of the goals of Skil-Shimano.