Thursday's second stage of the Tour of Romandie, won by Robbie McEwen, was for Team Rabobank one to get through without expectations. "The only thing that counted was making sure that we did not lose any time," said team director Erik Dekker. The team had its eye set on Friday's time trial, where Thomas Dekker will have the chance to move into the lead. The defending champion is currently in fifth place, nine seconds down.
Although Rabobank went to Switzerland without a sprinter, Erik Dekker was glad to see youngster Bauke Mollema finish 14th in Thursday's stage. "He does that more often," he said approvingly. His prediction for the time trial were his riders Thomas Dekker and Denis Menchov. "I think that they, together with Andreas Klöden, will be the best."
Friday's 18.8 km time trial with start and finish in Sion will feature Jan Boven's debut as a team director. The 36 year-old retired last month after the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen, after 13 years as a pro racer.