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Vuelta Rider Gallery: Robert Gesink

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Rabobank leader Robert Gesink and Bram Tankink cycle in front of the Rabobank team during the preparations around Assen.

Rabobank leader Robert Gesink and Bram Tankink cycle in front of the Rabobank team during the preparations around Assen. (Image credit: AFP)
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Robert Gesink has made a move and gone off the front! Okay, so the Dutch rider was actually taking part in a team training ride, but we're sure he's thinking about a move in the weeks ahead.

Robert Gesink has made a move and gone off the front! Okay, so the Dutch rider was actually taking part in a team training ride, but we're sure he's thinking about a move in the weeks ahead. (Image credit: AFP)
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) pushes the pace.

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) pushes the pace. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank)

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) crosses the line ahead of David de la Fuente (Fuji-Servetto), Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas)

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) crosses the line ahead of David de la Fuente (Fuji-Servetto), Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) on the attack with Ezequiel Mosquera.

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) on the attack with Ezequiel Mosquera. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) went on the attack with Ezequiel Mosquera.

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) went on the attack with Ezequiel Mosquera. (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)
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Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas) chased together.

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas) chased together. (Image credit: sirott)
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Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas) couldn't catch the two off the front.

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas) couldn't catch the two off the front. (Image credit: sirott)
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas) and Robert Gesink (Rabobank)

Ivan Basso (Liquigas) and Robert Gesink (Rabobank) (Image credit: sirott)
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) leads Ivan Basso (Liquigas) across the finish.

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) leads Ivan Basso (Liquigas) across the finish. (Image credit: sirott)
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galacia)

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galacia) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) on a mission to pull back time

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) on a mission to pull back time (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) crosses the finish line

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) crosses the finish line (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) tried in vain to move away from Valverde

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) tried in vain to move away from Valverde (Image credit: Sirotti)

Robert Gesink came into this year's Vuelta a España widely tipped as one of the best climbers at the race. The man himself was happy to accept the title, but played down his chances as a contender for overall.

Fast forward two weeks and Gesink's self-assessment was clearly a conservative one. By the end of the second week of the race his dogged determination and alpine ablity made him look a pretty solid fixture in the top-three overall.

Click here for an image gallery of Robert Gesink's Vuelta a España.

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