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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.
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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”.

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