Double honours for Rabobank

Rabobank achieved a rare honour on Monday. For possibly the first time ever, a team won two stages...

Rabobank achieved a rare honour on Monday. For possibly the first time ever, a team won two stages in ProTour races in one day, and had the leader's jersey in both races. Denis Menchov won the stage 10 of the Vuelta a España, retaining the leader's jersey he took on Sunday, and sprinter Graeme Brown won stage two of the Tour of Poland. The team called it "an important milestone for the Rabo Cycling team," on its website, rabobank.nl.

Sprinter Brown does not expect to retain his jersey until the end of the race, but Menchov expects to hold on to his. The team's website indicated that "cycling experts" do not think that his hold on the lead can be jeopardized, and that "the remaining stages are said not to be heavy enough to threaten Menchov."

Team leader Erik Breukink tried to downplay that idea, saying, "You should never cheer too early. We have had some tough stages, but there are a couple more coming up. Denis must remain in good condition and try to avoid having an off-day."

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