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Rabobank: time after time

By:
Jean-François Quénet in Loulé
Published:
February 25, 2007, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:13 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for February 25, 2007

The officials at the Tour of California seem to mean well to Rabobank, giving the riders good times...

The officials at the Tour of California seem to mean well to Rabobank, giving the riders good times and finishes - even if they weren't earned. Thursday, all eight riders from the Dutch team were initially ranked within the Top 21 after a mass sprint, although only two of them were actually in the pack.

Friday, things didn't change. Bram de Groot was ranked 10th for a long time with a time of 30:43 in the time trial. "This, however, turned out to be incorrect," the team noted. Erik Breukink, team manager, said "Place ten would have been great, but it is absolutely incorrect. Robert Gesink was our best man. Bram rode a good race, but it was unfortunately not enough for a Top 10 position."

De Groot actually finished 50th...

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