Dutch rider Thomas Dekker will kick off his 2009 season at the Rotterdam Six Day, his publicist announced Friday. Dekker will pair up with his friend Jens Mouris, an experienced track cyclist for the event.
Dekker had a difficult 2008 season, during which he was left off the Rabobank team's Tour de France squad and subsequently split with the team. He signed with the Silence-Lotto squad, and is beginning to solidify his programme for the coming early season.
Dekker's preliminary schedule has him at the Silence-Lotto camp from December 9-17, followed by the Rotterdam Six Day on January 2-7. He will then take in another team camp in January before kicking off the race season at the Etoile de Bessèges.
He hopes to then tackle the Vuelta a Andalucía (Ruta Ciclista Del Sol), Tirreno-Adriatico, which he won in 2006, Milano-Sanremo, the Vuelta a País Vasco, followed by the Ardennes Classics, Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.