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by Mark Zalewski
April 21, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Montaguti wins climber’s sprint at Tour of the Alps, Pinot makes up ground; Ruffoni wins sprint in longest stage at Tour of Croatia; Australian Road Nationals to remain in Ballarat until 2020; British Cycling commissions ‘medical review’ after Wiggins’ medical package scandal; ORICA-Scott changing Grand Tour strategy: Simon Yates with Chaves at Tour de France; Gilbert or Van Avermaet: which for Belgium at world championships?; Andrey Grivko given 45-day suspension for punching incident at Dubai Tour; Loss of Rabobank sponsorship affects Dutch federation youth programme; OVO Energy becomes title sponsor of Women’s Tour, Tour of Britain; Nicole Van den Broeck passes away; More good news from Girdlestone’s road to recovery; Van der Breggen and Valverde, an annual Fleche tradition; Video: The Tour De France Explained in Animation; Video: Oakley Cycling Sessions 2017.
Another casualty in Rabobank’s reduction in cycling sponsorship is the Rabobank Ardennes Test programme, or RAP-days. The programme was a week-long session bringing together the top young Dutch cycling talent with coaches and scouts and helped discover the next big Dutch riders.
Rabobank, the Dutch multinational banking and financial services company, was a long-time sponsor of Dutch cycling at every level of the sport — from the WorldTour down to the national federation’s youth programmes.
However, it has slowly withdrawn it’s support over recent years, beginning at the top with the men’s WorldTour team in 2012, and then its women’s and development squads at the end of 2015. The high-profile doping scandals that rocked the sport of the years was the main factor.
“Rabobank Ardennes Test (RAP-day) this summer will not be organized by the National Federation,” a statement said. “The RAP-days were for years financed by Rabobank. Because the partnership with Rabobank stopped by December 31, 2016, the financial resources from KNWU are no longer available for these talent days.”
During the RAP-day riders learned various training methods and techniques. Many of the Dutch riders who race in the WorldTour participated in the youth RAP days.