Dutch World's team shaping up

Six of ten places on the Netherlands' World Championships team have already been filled noted...

Six of ten places on the Netherlands' World Championships team have already been filled noted national coach Egon van Kessel, Tuesday in Landgraaf, following the sixth stage of the Eneco Tour. Michael Boogerd, Thomas Dekker, Koos Moerenhout, Karsten Kroon, Robert Gesink and Laurens Ten Dam are set on the team, "unless something happens to them in the next month."

Van Kessel was impressed by Maarten Tjallingii's performance in the Eneco Tour, but said, "I can't draw any consequences from that. It is between Maarten and Joost Posthuma." The latter is riding the Vuelta a España, and the coach wants to wait and see his performance. "I have enough choices, and I can wait quietly."

Stef Clement and Posthuma are the leading candidates for the time trial, but van Kessel is also considering Michiel Elijzen, who won the Eneco Tour's opening prologue. "Clement and Posthuma are riding the Vuelta. That is not the ideal preparation for the time trial."

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