German team Coast has been suspended on the eve of Paris-Nice for failing to meet its financial obligations. A source at the world cycling body UCI tells the German news agency SID that Jan Ullrich's new squad owes January and February back-pay to certain members and staff.
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According to the UCI, Team Coast can continue to take part in this week's Tour of Murcia but for now is barred from taking Sunday's start of Paris-Nice. Former Vuelta winners Alex Zülle and Angel Casero were slated to lead the team.
"We won't be at the start of Paris-Nice," a team source tells Eurosport "We've been under close watch for some time," he added.
Coast was registered for 2003 under a credit watch by the UCI after money quarrels between several former riders and the Essen-based team owned by millionaire clothing magnate Günther Dahms.
Former Tour de France winner Ullrich, who will bring along with him his personal trainer Rudy Pevenage when his six-month doping suspension ends later this month, comes to Coast with his own personal backers.
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