Vacansoleil is now the main sponsor of the Gran Fondo Thomas Dekker, a ride which Dekker is holding on August 24 in the Netherlands for his fans. The camping-holiday company replaces Rabobank as sponsor. Dekker and Rabobank agreed last week to terminate his contract with the Dutch team.
The proceeds from the race are to go to the Johan Cruyff Foundation, which funds children's charities. The race runs from Alkmaar to Den Helder to Alkmaar, and riders can choose courses from 35 to 140 kilometers.
Vacansoleil is currently a co-sponsor of the Dutch Professional Continental team Skil-Shimano, and has announced plans to sponsor its own Professional Continental team in 2009.