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Team Manager: Theo de Rooy51. Denis Menchov (Rus)52. Michael Boogerd (Nl)53. Bram De Groot (Nl)54. Erik Dekker (Nl)55. Juan Antonio Flecha (Sp)56. Oscar Freire (Sp)57. Joost Posthuma (Nl)58. Mickael Rasmussen (Dk)59. Pieter Weening (Nl) Sponsor: Dutch bank2006 budget: $12.5 millionYear current sponsor started: 1996Former title sponsors: WordPerfect (1993-95), Buckler (1990-92),Super-Confex (1987-89), Kwantum (1984-86)Past Tours (as Rabobank): 11th participation, 14 stagewins, 1 King of the Mountains (Rasmussen, 2005)Trivia: Michael Rasmussen, last year’s King of the Mountains,finished

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Team Manager: Theo de Rooy

51. Denis Menchov (Rus)
52. Michael Boogerd (Nl)
53. Bram De Groot (Nl)
54. Erik Dekker (Nl)
55. Juan Antonio Flecha (Sp)
56. Oscar Freire (Sp)
57. Joost Posthuma (Nl)
58. Mickael Rasmussen (Dk)
59. Pieter Weening (Nl)

Sponsor: Dutch bank
2006 budget: $12.5 million
Year current sponsor started: 1996
Former title sponsors: WordPerfect (1993-95), Buckler (1990-92),Super-Confex (1987-89), Kwantum (1984-86)
Past Tours (as Rabobank): 11th participation, 14 stagewins, 1 King of the Mountains (Rasmussen, 2005)
Trivia: Michael Rasmussen, last year’s King of the Mountains,finished seventh in the GC last year. Although this year will be Rasmussen’sthird Tour, the team has loads of Tour experience: Michael Boogerd, ErikDekker and Marc Wauters have 30 Tours between them.www.rabobank.nl/wielrennen

Equipment
Bike: Colnago
Components: Shimano
Wheels: Fulcrum
Clothing: Agu

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Bernard Hinault’s call “A solidteam, in the pure Dutch tradition, with several riders capable of winninga stage. You’ll tell me they can also win the overall with Denis Menchov,long heralded as the Russian
who will be the first of his countrymen to win the Tour de France.Except that Menchov is now 28. Did his win-by-default at the 2005 Vueltaunleash his potential? For his sake, I hope so.”

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