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Breschel signs for Rabobank

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Danish champion Matti Breschel wins the Dwars door Vlaanderen

Danish champion Matti Breschel wins the Dwars door Vlaanderen
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Matti Breschel claimed the stage and overall lead with the help of Saxo Bank teammate Jakob Fuglsang.

Matti Breschel claimed the stage and overall lead with the help of Saxo Bank teammate Jakob Fuglsang.
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Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) sitting on the front of the bunch.

Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) sitting on the front of the bunch.
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Rabobank has announced the signing of Matti Breschel from Team Saxo Bank. The Danish rider has signed on for two seasons and will be a crucial member of his new squad's classics contingent.

"Breschel has shown that he is one of the most talented riders for one-day races," said Rabobank manager Erik Breukink. "Together with Boom and Langeveld, we can build a strong unit for the classics."

The 25-year-old Breschel won Dwars door Vlaanderen this spring and placed eighth in Gent-Wevelgem. In his five seasons at Saxo Bank, he has built up a solid palmares, including a world championship bronze medal in 2008 and the Danish road race title in 2009, in addition to stage victories at the Vuelta a España and Tour de Suisse.

Speaking to tv2.dk, the Dane explained that the switch to Rabobank was not made lightly. "It's been a very difficult decision, and it's quite sad," said Breschel. "My heart was with Saxo Bank, but now I feel it is time to try something new, to get some hair on the chest."