Aug 15, 2012 – Robert Gesink and Bauke Mellema will spearhead Dutch cycling team Rabobank, as they attempt to carry their recent success into the Tour of Spain which starts with a time-trial in Pamplona on Saturday and runs until September 9 and the finale in Madrid.
The 26-year-old Gesink, who finished sixth on the Tour of Spain in 2009 and seventh in 2009 has recovered from a crash on this year’s Tour de France and will line up alongside 25-year-old Mellema, who had a career-best fourth place on last year’s Vuelta.
Mellema also won the points race on last year’s race to become the first Dutchman to win a major classification on a grand Tour since 1992.
The team, of recent, have had a victory laden season, with stage wins for Matti Breschel and Paul Martens on the Tour of Burgos, while Lars Boom picked up a stage win on the Tour of Benelux and Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez won Tuesday’s San Sebastian classic.
Rabobank team: Lars Boom (NED), Matti Breschel (DEN), Stef Clement (NED), Laurens ten Dam (NED), Juan Manuel Garate (ESP), Robert Gesink (NED), Bauke Mollema (NED), Grischa Niermann (GER), Dennis van Winden (NED).