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Thomas Dekker
Dekker in 2006
Dekker in 2006
Personal information
Full name Thomas Dekker
Date of birth September 6, 1984 (1984-09-06) (age 25)
Country  Netherlands
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 69 kg (150 lb; 10.9 st)
Team information
Current team None
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-Rounder
Professional team(s)1
2003-2008
2009
Rabobank
Silence–Lotto
Major wins
NetherlandsNational Time-Trial Champion (2004, 2005)
Tirreno-Adriatico (2006)
Tour de Romandie (2007)
Infobox last updated on:

1 Team names given are those prevailing
at time of rider beginning association with that team.

Thomas Dekker (born 6 September 1984 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch professional road racing cyclist. His specialty is the individual time trial, but he is also a strong climber. He turned professional in 2005 with Rabobank cycling team, and also represented his country at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Dekker is currently awaiting suspension for a doping positive from a sample taken in 2007 but not tested until 2009.

Though born in Amsterdam, Dekker grew up from a very young age in the small village of Dirkshorn. In his relatively short career Dekker has already won two events on the UCI ProTour. In 2006 Dekker won the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race, making him the third Dutch cyclist to win the event, after Joop Zoetemelk (1985) and Erik Dekker (2002) and in 2007 the Tour de Romandie stage race, which featured two time trials and several difficult climbing stages in the Alps and Jura.

In 2007, Dekker debuted in the Tour de France. Although he had been dreaming of winning the young rider classification,[1] he did not win it. He eventually reached the 35th place in the overall final standings, and sixth in the young rider classification, in the Tour. Dekker finished his 2007 season with his first top ten finish in a 'Classic,' the 2007 Giro di Lombardia.

The 2008 season got off to a promising start, with Dekker coming in 3rd place overall in both the Vuelta a Castilla y León and Vuelta al País Vasco and achieving three top-ten finishes in the Ardennes classics. However, after a poor showing in the Tour de Suisse Dekker was not selected by Rabobank for its 2008 Tour de France line-up.[2]

On August 14, 2008 Dekker officially announced on his web page that he had split from Rabobank.[3] Although an early report in SportWereld said Dekker was on the verge of signing with Garmin-Chipotle,[4] team manager Jonathan Vaughters later denied this rumor.[5] On September 27, 2008 it was announced that Thomas had signed a contract with Silence-Lotto for two years.[6]

In 2009, Dekker finished a respectable 16th in the Tour of Switzerland, with a highlight of 3rd place in the second, 39 km long, individual time trial.

On July 1, 2009, it was announced that a re-test of an out-of-competition sample taken in December 2007, while Dekker was with Rabobank, was found to contain the banned substance EPO. Silence–Lotto immediately removed him from their team for the 2009 Tour de France[7]. Once his B-sample confirmed the EPO positive, Silence-Lotto fired Dekker, who admitted doping, apologizing and calling it "a mistake".[8] A decision on the duration of his suspension was expected in mid-November 2009 from the Monaco Cycling Federation, where Dekker holds his racing license, but has not yet been announced.[9]

Palmares

2003
1st,  Netherlands U23 Road Race Championships
1st,  Netherlands U23 Time Trial Championships
7th. Overall, Ster Elektrotoer
1st, Prologue (ITT)
1st, Stage 2
1st Overall, (U23) GP Linz - Passau - Budweis
1st, Stage 2b
2nd, Stage 3
3rd, U23 Road Race World Championship
2004
1st, Overall, Olympia's Tour & 2 stages
1st,  Netherlands National Time Trial Championships
1st, GP Eddy Merckx
1st, Stage 1 Tour de l'Avenir
1st, Overall, Tour de Normadie
2nd, U23 Road Race World Championship
2nd, U23 Time Trial World Championship (ITT)
2005
1st, Stage 2 Critérium International
1st,  Netherlands National Time Trial Championships
4th, Overall, Eneco Tour of Benelux
3rd, Overall, Tour of Poland
3rd, Stage 6
1st, Stage 7b (ITT)
GP Stad Zottegem
Derny Profgala (during Zesdaagse van Amsterdam)
2006
1st, Overall, Tirreno-Adriatico
3rd, Stage 5
9th, Overall, Eneco Tour of Benelux
2nd, Egmond-Pier-Egmond
2007
1st, Trofeo Pollença
12th, Amstel Gold Race
1st, Overall, Tour de Romandie
2nd, Stage 4
1st, Stage 5 (ITT)
1st, Points classification
Stage 6, Tour de Suisse
5th, Overall, Eneco Tour
2nd, Stage 2
1st, Overall, 3 Länder Tour
1st, Stage 2
1st, Stage 4 (ITT)
11th, UCI Road World Championships - Road Race
8th, Giro di Lombardia
2008
3rd, Overall, Vuelta a Castilla y León
3rd, Stage 1 (ITT)
2nd, Stage 2
3rd, Stage 4
2nd, Stage 5
1st, Points classification
3rd, Overall, Vuelta al País Vasco
3rd, Stage 5
3rd, Stage 6 (ITT)
5th, Amstel Gold Race
5th, La Flèche Wallonne
6th, Liège-Bastogne-Liège
2009
4th, Overall, Tour of Belgium

External links

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.tdmagazine.nl/index.php?menu_id=21&nieuws_id=257 (Dutch)
  2. ^ http://tour2008.nos.nl/nieuws/artikel/ID/tcm:45-389377/title/thomas-dekker-niet-naar-de-tour (Dutch)
  3. ^ http://www.tdmagazine.nl/index.php?menu_id=1
  4. ^ http://www.sportwereld.be/Article/Detail.aspx?articleid=GL1V9ULQ
  5. ^ http://www.velonews.com/article/81735/rabobank-s-dekker-looking-for-a-new-job
  6. ^ Dekker signs two-year deal with Silence-Lotto
  7. ^ http://www.nu.nl/algemeen/2033543/dopingzondaar-dekker-niet-naar-tour.html (Dutch)
  8. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/dekkers-counter-analysis-positive-for-epo
  9. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/boogerd-dekker-questioned-in-austrian-blood-doping-investigation
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