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Eltink to Skil-Shimano

Theo Eltink will ride for Team Skil-Shimano next year, leaving Team Rabobank.

Eltink, 26, first joined Rabobank in 1997 as a junior. He joined the ProTour team in 2005. That year he finished 29th overall in the Giro d'Italia, and the next season he was 24th overall in the Vuelta a España.

Since then, the climber has ridden a total of six Grand Tours, three each of the Giro and the Vuelta. He has no victories to his credit, but always was a helper for the team captains.

Eltink hopes to change that at Skil-Shimano, a Dutch Professional Continental team. "Skil-Shimano has a good schedule, so I can develop as a rider," he said. "My goal for next season is to win races and I want to focus on a few attractive one-day races and stage races that involve climbs." (SW)

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