Blanco chase, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013

When Rabobank ended its team sponsorship after 16 years, few had seen it coming, certainly few of the riders were aware that the rug was about to be pulled from under them.

Rabobank decided to continue to fund the team for part of the year, honouring its contractual obligations, but the team would ride with no sponsors while Giant, the Taiwanese firm with its European base in Holland, would also continue to back the team.

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