Stuttgart cycling race canceled due to doping scandal

STUTTGART, Germany -- A cycling race in January was canceled because of the doping problems surrounding the sport.

The six-day race in Stuttgart, scheduled for Jan. 15-20, was scrapped late Tuesday. Organizers said they called off the event in consultation with their main sponsor and city authorities.

They cited German rider Stefan Schumacher, who tested positive for the newly discovered blood booster CERA in retesting of samples from the Tour de France.

Organizer Andreas Kroll said "professional cycling has an enormous image problem that we simply cannot offset at this point in time."