Quiet celebration for Menchov and Rabobank

With the news that Roberto Heras has been stripped of his 2005 Vuelta a España win for doping, Denis Menchov and the Rabobank team are quietly celebrating their first ever grand tour victory. Menchov finished 4'36 behind Heras on GC, but will be elevated to first unless Heras successfully appeals against his sanction.

"It's nice to know that I'm the first winner of a grand tour, but to do it like this is really different," said Menchov to De Telegraaf. "For my own confidence, the way that I rode was a huge stimulus."

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