Robert Gesink To Undergo Heart Surgery, Misses Amstel Gold

THE HAGUE, April 15, 2014 (AFP) - Dutchman Robert Gesink will undergo a heart operation after suffering pain during last week's Tour of the Basque Country, the Belkin rider revealed Tuesday. The 27-year-old has pulled out of Sunday's Amstel Gold race and will also likely miss July's Tour de France. "At the Tour of the Basque Country last week, I felt pain again. Short but around the … [Read more...]

Robert Gesink Out Of Giro d’Italia States Team Blanco

SILANDRO, Italy, May 24, 2013 - Dutchman Robert Gesink, who began the Giro d'Italia hoping for a podium finish, dropped out of the race on Friday after consulting doctors, his Blanco team announced. Blanco said Gesink, a climbing specialist, had felt unwell since completing a tough 20.6km uphill time trial on Thursday, which had left him in 12th place overall at more than 10 minutes … [Read more...]

Robert Gesink Stands With Confidence Before The Giro d’Italia

The Blanco Pro Cycling Team travels this week to Naples with sky-high ambitions for the Giro d’Italia which begins Saturday from the Italian coastal city. Whereas Robert Gesink previously was focused on the Tour de France, the man from Varsseveld is now completely geared towards the Giro. Via an altitude training camp in Tenerife and the Tour of Romandy, Gesink has prepared for the first … [Read more...]

Rabobank Counting on Dutch Trio in Tour de France

PARIS, June 18, 2012 (AFP) - Dutch trio Robert Gesink, Bauke Mollema and Steven Kruijswijk will be spearheading the Rabobank team challenge on this year's Tour de France which gets under way in Liege, Belgium, on June 30. "Gesink showed he is in good form by finishing fourth in the Tour of Switzerland," team sporting director Nico Verhoeven said Monday of the rider who finished fifth in … [Read more...]

Robert Gesink Takes Tour of California Stage 7 And Leaders Jersey

ROBERT GESINK OUTCLIMBS COLOMBIAN RIDERS TO BE CROWNED WINNER OF STAGE 7 OF 2012 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA After Starting in Ontario, Epic Battle Ensues Atop Mt. Baldy During Queen’s Stage of Race MT. BALDY, CALIF. (May 19, 2012) – After what can only be described as an epic battle to the 6,445-foot summit atop Mt. Baldy, Robert Gesink (NED) of the Rabobank Cycling Team emerged … [Read more...]

Gesink Helper Garate Out Of Tour

ISSOIRE, France, July 10, 2011 (AFP) - Spanish rider Juan Manuel Garate, one of the key helpers for Tour de France contender Robert Gesink, has withdrawn from the race because of injury, his Rabobank team said Sunday. Garate left the Tour prior to Sunday's ninth stage due to injuries picked up in a crash during Wednesday's fifth stage. The Spaniard sustained a shoulder injury in that … [Read more...]

Big Day Of Suffer for Dutch Contender Gesink

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SUPER-BESSE, France, July 9, 2011 (AFP) - Robert Gesink's yellow jersey hopes suffered a blow as the Tour de France peloton completed the first of two consecutive days in the hilly Massif Central Saturday. The Rabobank climbing ace has come into the three-week epic hoping for a podium place following a sixth place finish behind Spain's Alberto Contador in 2010. However a lower back … [Read more...]

Contador, Gesink Stiff But Continue Tour Bid

by Justin Davis (AFP) DINAN, France, July 7, 2011 - Reigning champion Alberto Contador has brushed off the pain of two crashes in the fifth stage of the Tour de France to continue the defense of his yellow jersey on Thursday's sixth stage. Saxo Bank ace Contador was one of around a dozen riders caught up in crashes on the tight, winding roads which were buffeted by strong winds on the … [Read more...]

Contador, Wiggins and Gesink Crash On Tour

CAP FREHEL, France, July 6, 2011 (AFP) - Reigning champion Alberto Contador and fellow yellow jersey contenders Bradley Wiggins and Robert Gesink survived crashes to continue the fifth stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday. Team Sky's Wiggins, who was fourth overall in 2009, was among a bunch of riders caught up in a crash shortly before the halfway point of the 164.5km ride to Cap Frehel … [Read more...]

The Tour de France Yellow Jersey Favorites in 2011

The favorites for the yellow jersey for the 98th edition of the Tour de France, to be held July 2-24: Alberto Contador (ESP) Saxo Bank-Sungard Possessing a rare mix of climbing and time trialling skills, Spain's three-time winner is widely regarded as the best stage racer in the world and is regarded as the man to beat. It remains to be seen whether the energy Contador used in … [Read more...]