Menchov takes time out

Rabobank's Denis Menchov has taken some time out to have fun with his team-mates at the Dutch...

Rabobank's Denis Menchov has taken some time out to have fun with his team-mates at the Dutch ProTour squad, with the riders taking in some go-karting last week. The fun on four wheels was a part of a multi-day team introduction held by the squad for the members of its 2008 lineup to get to know one another.

The 2007 Vuelta a España winner will again tackle two Grand Tours in 2008, however according to team sources the Russian will trade the Spanish event for Italy's Giro d'Italia.

The 29 year-old rider had a stellar 2007 season claiming victory on Stage 10, the mountains and combination classifications as well as the Vuelta's overall win and also finished runner up in the points standings. Additionally Menchov won the Volta a Catalunya's Stage 5 and claimed the points competition at the ProTour race.

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