Rabobank (UCI Team Code: RAB) is a professional bicycle racing team, sponsored by the Rabobank. The team consists of three sections: ProTeam (the UCI ProTour team), Continental (a talent team racing in the UCI Europe Tour), and Cyclo-cross. The team formerly rode Colnago frames but as of 1 January 2009 began a two year contract riding Giant frames equipped with Shimano components.
The cycling team was founded for the 1984 season under the name Kwantum, with mostly cyclists coming from the TI-Raleigh cycling team. Since 1984, the team has entered every Tour de France and since the introduction of divisions in 1998, the team has always been in the first division.
In road bicycle racing, teams take name from their main sponsors. The Rabobank team has previously had the following sponsors, and thus names.
After the season of 1983, the TI-Raleigh team split up because of tension between former world champion Jan Raas and team leader Peter Post, with seven cyclists following Post to the new Panasonic-team and six cyclists joining Raas to the Kwantum team. The team captains of the Kwantum team were Guillaume Driessens, Jan Gisbers and Walter Godefroot. In their first year, the team...