Rabobank rider Erik Dekker, who broke his collarbone in a Dutch race one week ago, is recovering well and hopes to be able to participate in the World Championships in Madrid, Spain, later this month. The Dutchman will test his abilities in the upcoming Tour of Poland (September 12-18, 2005) to see if his form is sufficient for the International event on September 25.
"I'm more optimistic than last week," said Dekker, who has started training again, three hours a day. "All is going well as far as my collarbone is concerned, but I'm still having problems with my neck. I don't feel really fit yet - that might also be an after-effect of the anaesthetics - but I'll participate in the Tour of Poland for sure. There, it will show if I have the level to be part of a possible selection for the World's."