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Breschel signs for Rabobank

By:
Daniel Simms
Published:
August 9, 2010, 13:49,
Updated:
August 10, 2010, 00:44
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, August 9, 2010
Danish champion Matti Breschel wins the Dwars door Vlaanderen

Danish champion Matti Breschel wins the Dwars door Vlaanderen

  • Danish champion Matti Breschel wins the Dwars door Vlaanderen
  • Matti Breschel claimed the stage and overall lead with the help of Saxo Bank teammate Jakob Fuglsang.
  • Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) sitting on the front of the bunch.

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Dane signs two-year deal to bolster classics challenge

Rabobank has announced the signing of Matti Breschel from Team Saxo Bank. The Danish rider has signed on for two seasons and will be a crucial member of his new squad's classics contingent.

"Breschel has shown that he is one of the most talented riders for one-day races," said Rabobank manager Erik Breukink. "Together with Boom and Langeveld, we can build a strong unit for the classics."

The 25-year-old Breschel won Dwars door Vlaanderen this spring and placed eighth in Gent-Wevelgem. In his five seasons at Saxo Bank, he has built up a solid palmares, including a world championship bronze medal in 2008 and the Danish road race title in 2009, in addition to stage victories at the Vuelta a España and Tour de Suisse.

Speaking to tv2.dk, the Dane explained that the switch to Rabobank was not made lightly. "It's been a very difficult decision, and it's quite sad," said Breschel. "My heart was with Saxo Bank, but now I feel it is time to try something new, to get some hair on the chest."