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Rabobank set to continue through to 2016

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Robert Gesink shows off the new jersey

Robert Gesink shows off the new jersey
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The riders show off the new look jersey

The riders show off the new look jersey
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Theo Bos, Jos Van Emden, Paul Martens and Bram Tankink

Theo Bos, Jos Van Emden, Paul Martens and Bram Tankink
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U23 world champion Michael Matthews makes his pro debut with Rabobank.

U23 world champion Michael Matthews makes his pro debut with Rabobank.
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Luis Leon Sanchez adds another Spanish rider to the team.

Luis Leon Sanchez adds another Spanish rider to the team.
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Laurens Ten Dam

Laurens Ten Dam
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Lars Boom

Lars Boom
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Jos Van Emden

Jos Van Emden
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Grischa Niermann

Grischa Niermann
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Denis Menchov was in attendance to honour the team for its many years of support.

Denis Menchov was in attendance to honour the team for its many years of support.
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Oscar Freire still has goals for 2011 and perhaps beyond.

Oscar Freire still has goals for 2011 and perhaps beyond.
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Oscar Freire, Sebastian Langeveld, Maarten Tjallingii and Coen Vermeltfoort.

Oscar Freire, Sebastian Langeveld, Maarten Tjallingii and Coen Vermeltfoort.
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The team car is certainly distinctively painted.

The team car is certainly distinctively painted.
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Sebastian Langeveld, Maarten Tjallingii, Coen Vermeltfoort and Maarten Wynants.

Sebastian Langeveld, Maarten Tjallingii, Coen Vermeltfoort and Maarten Wynants.
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The Rabobank team presentation took place in grand style.

The Rabobank team presentation took place in grand style.
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The 2011 Rabo pro team

The 2011 Rabo pro team
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The 2011 Rabo Continental team

The 2011 Rabo Continental team
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Bram Tankink and Pieter Weening have a coffee break.

Bram Tankink and Pieter Weening have a coffee break.
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Theo Bos returns to his Rabobank roots.

Theo Bos returns to his Rabobank roots.
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Robert Gesink, Graeme Brown, Steven Kruijswijk and newcomer Michael Matthews.

Robert Gesink, Graeme Brown, Steven Kruijswijk and newcomer Michael Matthews.
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Robert Gesink will be the team's undisputed leader for the Tour.

Robert Gesink will be the team's undisputed leader for the Tour.
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Carlos Barredo is another new Spaniard on the team, coming from Quick Step.

Carlos Barredo is another new Spaniard on the team, coming from Quick Step.
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 Bauke Mollema

Bauke Mollema
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Giant returns as bike sponsor

Giant returns as bike sponsor
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Lars Boom

Lars Boom
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Robert Gesink with his group of riders on stage

Robert Gesink with his group of riders on stage
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Michael Matthews will wear this jersey when he rides the Tour Down Under in January

Michael Matthews will wear this jersey when he rides the Tour Down Under in January
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Rabobank will again ride Giant bikes in 2011

Rabobank will again ride Giant bikes in 2011
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Denis Menchov says goodbye

Denis Menchov says goodbye
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The directeur sportif are presented to the audience

The directeur sportif are presented to the audience
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Each directeur sportif will work with a group of riders

Each directeur sportif will work with a group of riders
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Lars Boom is in group 2

Lars Boom is in group 2
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Oscar Freire talks about his goals for 2011

Oscar Freire talks about his goals for 2011
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The Carlos Barredo group

The Carlos Barredo group
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Luis Leon Sanchez is Rabobank's big signing for 2011

Luis Leon Sanchez is Rabobank's big signing for 2011
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new recruit Maarten Wijnants

new recruit Maarten Wijnants
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Denis Menchov has left Rabobank for the new Geox-TMC team

Denis Menchov has left Rabobank for the new Geox-TMC team
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Denis Menchov says thanks and goodbye under an image of the painting the team gave him

Denis Menchov says thanks and goodbye under an image of the painting the team gave him
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Gesink's jersey look a little small here

Gesink's jersey look a little small here
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Lars Boom looked happy

Lars Boom looked happy
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Oscar Freire's new jersey is rightly decorated with rainbow bands

Oscar Freire's new jersey is rightly decorated with rainbow bands
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Maarten Wijnants joined Rabobank from Quick Step

Maarten Wijnants joined Rabobank from Quick Step
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Flens and his Rabobank crew pulls along the peloton.

Flens and his Rabobank crew pulls along the peloton.
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The orange and blue jersey stands out, even from afar

The orange and blue jersey stands out, even from afar
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The riders from the Rabobank Continental development team

The riders from the Rabobank Continental development team
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The 2011 Rabobank team gather on stage

The 2011 Rabobank team gather on stage
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Rabobank will continue its presence in professional cycling for another four years after the Rabobank Group announced it has extended its agreement to sponsor the team through 2016.

At the team's presentation on Wednesday at the Efteling amusement park, Bert Bruggink, CEO of Rabobank Group said that the contract, which was due to run through the end of 2012, had been extended.

"As Rabobank we have full confidence in the future of cycling, and in the quality of our teams. With this in mind we present the riders today in their new Rabobank outfit. Along with the contract extension, I expect that we will once again have another six years of beautiful and inspiring cycling ahead of us,” Bruggink said.

There were not only sporting reasons but also economic considerations for the decision. “Studies show that many Dutch people and especially our customers appreciate it. Cycling really fits with Rabobank. This year we again made a mid-term review and concluded it's good to have them continue. Also, with this extension, we express our confidence in the squad. There is now a solid structure, the future is solid.”

A new jersey and a departing Russian

Dutch cyclist of the year and team leader Robert Gesink helped to present the new jersey that the riders will wear in 2011. It continues the traditional orange, blue and white design: the body is orange, with a blue stripe bearing the sponsor's name across the chest. One shoulder is blue with a white sleeve; the other is white with a blue sleeve.

One rider who won't be wearing that kit in 2011 is former captain Denis Menchov, who is going to ride for Geox-TMC. The Russian has been with the Dutch team since 2005, and in that time he won the Vuelta a Espana twice and the Giro d'Italia once.

The team said goodbye with a look back at his “most beautiful victories” and presented him with a work of art to celebrate his victory at the Giro d’Italia.

“I think these six years were the most important part of my sporting career and I am really proud of things we achieved together,” Menchov said. “I just want to again say thanks to all the members of the team who spent so much time and energy for me.”