Tour de France: Rabobank Squad
Experienced Squad: Michael Boogerd, Denis Menchov, Oscar Freire, Juan Antonio
Flecha, Michael Rasmussen with Thomas Dekker making his Tour debut.
Experienced team for Rabobank in Tour
Team leaders Erik Breukink and Erik Dekker of the Rabobank Cycling
Teams have announced their selection of nine riders who will represent Rabobank
in this year’s Tour de France.
Tour de France Squad
Bram de Groot
Juan Antonio Flecha
Reserves: Theo Eltink, Koos Moerenhout
The Tour de France starts July 7th in London, Great Britain, and will finish
three weeks later on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, France. Theo Eltink and Koos
Moerenhout will be listed as reserves by Breukink and Dekker.
Six Stage Winners in Squad
Rabobank’s selection no less than six riders who are former stage
winners in the Tour de France: Michael Boogerd (1996 and 2002), Juan Antonio
Flecha (2003), Oscar Freire (2002 and 2006 – two stages), Denis Menchov (2006),
Michael Rasmussen (2005 and 2006) and Pieter Weening (2005). On top of that,
Denis Menchov won the young rider classification of the Tour de France in 2003.
Michael Rasmussen was the 2005 and 2006 winner of the mountains classification
on behalf of Rabobank.
Michael Boogerd is by far Rabobank’s most experienced rider in the Tour de
France. Boogerd will make his twelfth start in the Tour de France on July 7th.
In 1998 he came in fifth; his best final result so far. In 2001, Boogerd also
finished in the Tour de France top ten. Denis Menchov’s best result was his
sixth place in the final classification in 2006. Michael Rasmussen was the
number seven of the 2005 edition of the Tour de France. All together, the nine
riders of the Rabobank Cycling Team combine for the experience of 39 starts in
the Tour de France so far. Thomas Dekker is the only first time starter in the
Tour de France squad of Breukink and Dekker.