A close-up look at the Australian's purpose-built ride
Australian's 2015 Tinkoff-Saxo team bike
Winner of the 2015 Tour Down Under
New and old kicks and lids seen at WorldTour race
Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Barracuda)
Hopes for slot in Garmin-Barracuda's Tour de France squad
The 2005 Giro is one of only two grand tours to date for Dekker, and he finished 75th. He also rode the Tour de France in 2007. Dekker was to ride the Tour de France for Silence-Lotto in 2009, but was removed from the squad only days before the race started when it was announced that he had tested positive for EPO in December 2007.
“One of my goals this year is to ride the Tour,” he told ad.nl. “To properly prepare for that, I need the Giro. It is good that I can start.”
Dekker rode for the Continental-ranked Chipotle Development Team as of August 1, 2011, after his two-year ban ended. He then moved up to the WorldTour team this year.
He took his first individual win since 2007 last week when he won the final stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe. The 27-year-old will ride the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday.