Exclusive Interview: Erik Dekker
At this week’s Rabobank Tour Team presentation, Peloton.nl’s publisher and PCN contributor Robert van Willigenberg spoke with Erik Dekker, and snapped the accompanying photo.
Since we were on the team meeting anyway, let’s ask Erik Dekker how he’s doing. He crashed severely in Milano-San Remo (24/03), breaking his upper leg. And now the man who won last year’s UCI World Cup and a stage in the Tour (not to mention the 3 stages in the Tour de France 2000) is back in the selection.
RvW- Erik, when will we be able to speak of your miraculous return – when you survive the first week, when you last through the mountains or when you win another stage?
ED – “I guess it’s a miracle enough that I made the selection at all. There’s still a titanium pin in my leg and the muscles have shrinked beyond belief”.
RvW – Does this mean that you will try to use the Tour de France to obtain the shape needed for this fall’s last World Cup races?
ED – “I don’t even think about after the Tour really. I just try to be able to help the team, especially in the flat stages. And maybe I can be of use in the first part of the Team Time Trial. After all I still have a lot of routine and even when I’m not in my best shape I can still be my money’s worth in the team”.
What’s your impression of Levi Leipheimer?
“A typical American, really self-assured and confident. I think he’s a good assett to the team”.