Bos to leave Rabobank program

Higher aspirations leave sprinter as free agent

Former track sprint star Theo Bos will leave the Rabobank programme after a his successful transition from the boards to the road. Bos was supported by Rabobank during his track career, where he earned five world championship titles and a silver in the 2004 Olympic Games.

Since his transition to the road, the 26-year-old won six races for the team - four stages of the Olympias Tour, the Omloop der Kempen and the Ronde van Noord-Holland.

He served a one-month suspension for his actions during a crash with Barloworld's Daryl Impey during the Presidential Cycling Tour in Turkey earlier this year.

The team planned to move Bos to its ProTour team, but indicated that Bos' aspirations to compete in the Grand Tours was the reason for the Dutchman's departure.

"We have worked with Theo for a number of years, first as his sponsor as a track cyclist and then as part of our road team," said general manager Harold Knebel. "Of course we understand the aspirations of Theo, but there remained a discussion about guaranteed participation in the Grand Tours especially against the backdrop of the large amount of Dutch talent inside the Rabo Team.

"We believe that we could have provided him an excellent environment to grow as a road racer. We are grateful for the wonderful years and successes, but are now especially disappointed that Theo has ignored our offer."

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