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California community bank sponsors Amgen Tour of California

With roots extending back 110 years in the Netherlands, a country where 27 percent of all trips are made by bicycle, it’s no wonder that Rabobank sponsors one of the best and most respected pro cycling teams in the world. The Rabobank cycling team will compete in the Amgen Tour of California 2010 starting this weekend. The Tour de France-style cycling race challenges the world’s top professional bike teams to compete along a demanding course throughout California from May 16-23.

Staying true to its community roots, Rabobank, N.A. has a strong presence in California where it serves local individuals, businesses and agricultural clients. From the Imperial Valley up through the Central Valley to Sacramento and along the Central Coast, the Rabobank legacy of community banking and involvement continues at each of its 100-plus locations.

Aside from having a pro cycling team compete in the race, Rabobank is also a founding sponsor and the Official Bank of the Tour of California.

“The Rabobank cycling team is incredibly talented and we anticipate a strong showing at the Tour of California,” said Rabobank, N.A. CEO Ronald Blok. “Rabobank Group has a deep
commitment to cycling, not only with the sponsorship of our professional team, but also promoting and supporting recreational cycling.”

Rabobank’s entire cycling team is a 100-member tour de force, comprised of some of the world’s strongest professional riders as well as a “continental” (development) team, a cyclo-cross team and a host of coaches, doctors, soigneurs, and mechanics.

Riders competing in the Tour of California this year will be Lars Boom, Stef Clement, Steven Kruijswijk, Sebastian Langeveld, Tom Leezer, Paul Martens, Grischa Niermann, and Maarten Tjallingii.  Traveling with the team and helping to host Rabobank’s hospitality events will be Dutch cycling legend Hennie Kuiper, who is a former Olympic and World Champion and ranks among the top 50 greatest riders in the history of the sport, and Pedro Horrillo, a Rabobank pro cyclist until last year.

The Rabobank cycling team will be competing for the fourth time in the Tour of California. In previous years, the team has won two stages in the Tour of California and has taken home the Best Young Rider jersey over three consecutive years. Strong in the classics and the grand tours, the Rabobank Cycling Team is looking to take home a few stage wins and put in a strong overall performance in the 2010 Tour of California.

Community involvement is woven into the Rabobank culture everywhere the bank operates, whether it’s outreach in rural communities, sustainable investing in Latin American countries, or donations in major markets such as San Francisco and Toronto. Rabobank supports its local communities throughout the U.S. through employee outreach, volunteer work, charitable giving, fundraising projects and sponsorships.

Rabobank will be giving away a custom built cruiser bicycle built by Giant Bicycle and a bicycle helmet at each of their 92 branches throughout California through June 4. In addition, Rabobank is also giving away one bicycle with a helmet at each of these Amgen Tour of California stage finish Lifestyle Festivals: Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Modesto, Bakersfield, and Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village. No purchase is necessary.  Participants must be 18 years of age and reside in the State of California. Limit one entry per person per day.

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