PRESS RELEASE Rabobank
Pro Cycling Team to Compete in 2009 Amgen Tour of California
California Team Includes Cycling Stars Oscar Freire, Robert Gesink ROSEVILLE, Calif., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rabobank Pro Cycling Team will compete in the 2009 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race, the third year of the team's participation.
Rabobank's California team will include cycling stars Oscar Freire, 3-time World Champion and winner of the green jersey (points classification) in the 2008 Tour de France, and Robert Gesink, Best Young Rider (2007 and 2008) and stage 3 winner (2008) of the Amgen Tour of California.
The fourth annual professional cycling road race takes place from February 14th - 22nd, traveling through 16 host cities down the coast and through the Central Valley, along a demanding 9-day, 750-mile course. Under a 3-year sponsorship agreement, Rabobank is the Official Bank and a Founding Partner of the Amgen Tour of California through the 2011 event.
To celebrate the race, Rabobank is offering two new "Spring Classic" and "Grand Tour" CD products in its bank branches and at the Rabobank tent in the race's Lifestyle Festival. The race passes through many towns where Rabobank currently has a presence or intends to grow.
The full Rabobank team for this year's Tour will include Mauricio Ardila, Stef Clement, Oscar Freire, Robert Gesink, Pedro Horrillo, Bauke Mollema, Grischa Niermann, and Pieter Weening, under the leadership of Sports Director Erik Breukink, former Dutch cycling champion and winner of 4 stages and best young rider in the Tour de France.
Cycling legend Hennie Kuiper -- World Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, winner of Paris-Roubaix and 3-time Tour de France stage winner -- will provide cycling insights and race commentary at private Rabobank events. Rabobank, a AAA rated global financial services leader and one of the largest, safest banks in the world, has sponsored a cycling team for 12 years.
The Rabobank Cycling Team consists of a professional team -- the 3rd ranked UCI ProTour team in the world, a continental (development) team, and a cyclo-cross racing team. Watch for the Rabobank Pro Team as they race in the 2009 Amgen Tour of California: Saturday February 14: Sacramento (prologue) Sunday February 15: Davis to Santa Rosa Monday February 16: Sausalito to Santa Cruz Tuesday February 17: San Jose to Modesto Wednesday February 18: Merced to Clovis Thursday February 19: Visalia to Paso Robles Friday February 20: Solvang (time trial) Saturday February 21: Santa Clarita to Pasadena Sunday February 22: Rancho Bernardo to Escondido
Source: Rabobank CONTACT: Lynne Burns for Rabobank, +1-212-365-4303 Web Site: http://www.rabobank.com/