Rabobank has also confirmed eight of its nine riders for the Tour de France, as chosen by Erik Breukink and Frans Maassen. The eight are: Dutchmen Michael Boogerd, Erik Dekker, Karsten Kroon, Gerben Löwik, Joost Posthuma and Pieter Weening, Denis Menchov from Russia and Michael Rasmussen from Denmark. The ninth spot will be decided after the national championships this coming weekend. Löwik, Posthuma and Weening will make their debut in the Tour de France for the Rabobank team. Erik Dekker is the most experienced rider. The 2005 Tour de France will be his eleventh mission. For Michael Boogerd it will be his tenth Tour de France.