Sponsored for a long time by Rabobank, the only Dutch team on the scene now represents the Dutch national lottery, much like Belgium's Lotto–Soudal. In 1996, taking the reins from the previous sponsors of the teams formed by Jan Raas, such as Kwantum-Hallen (from 1984, the penultimate season as a rider for the five-time winner of the Amstel Gold Race), Superconfex (from 1987), Buckler (1990), WordPerfect (1993) and Novell (1995), the bank and its orange jerseys hinting towards its national origins signed up for a long journey with the Tour de France before the Dutch financiers threw in the towel at the end of 2012. Belkin, an American manufacturer specialising in Internet connection devices and networks, stepped up to the plate to enable the team to live on in a bicycle-crazy country. one that fills the Huez-en-Oisans curve with people and emotions every time that the Tour finishes a bit higher up the mountain, on the Alpe d'Huez, like this year.
For a long time, the team focused on stage wins with classics specialists, mainly from the Netherlands, before boosting its ambitions with the addition of foreign sprinters, climbers and power riders such as Robbie McEwen, Óscar Freire, Michael Rasmussen, Denis Menchov, Juan Manuel Gárate and Luis León Sánchez with mixed success, before rediscovering its knack for nurturing the rising stars of Dutch cycling. The team failed to tap the full potential of Bauke Mollema, Moreno Hofland and Wilco Kelderman, who left for other teams, just like Lars Boom, who had an apotheotic day on the cobblestone stage to Arenberg in 2014 before returning to the fold. Neither Robert Gesink, sixth overall in 2015 right behind the "Big Four" (Froome, Quintana, Nibali and Contador) and Alejandro Valverde, nor Steven Kruijswijk, who came close to victory in the 2016 Giro, fulfilled their dreams in the Tour de France, unlike Primož Roglič, a former ski jumping champion-turned-cyclist who netted Slovenia its first ever stage win last year after crowning the Galibier alone at the front! Sprinter Dylan Groenewegen also tasted glory, taking a stage win on the Champs-Élysées before the other riders expected to dominate this generation of speedsters (1993 and 1994), Fernando Gaviria and Caleb Ewan, had even made their Tour debut.
Stage wins: 50
Secondary classification wins: 6
Yellow jerseys: 17
24 : the stage victories of Rabobank in seventeen Tour de France starts in the colours of the Dutch bank —about half of the victories claimed since the creation of Jan Raas' first team.
5 July 1996: Michael Boogerd, the darling of Dutch cycling, braves the torrential rain to take Rabobank's first Tour de France stage win in Aix-les-Bains.
19 July 2000: Erik Dekker grabs an epic hat-trick with his win in Lausanne.
27 July 2008: Óscar Freire takes the green jersey after winning three stages for Rabobank during his career.
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