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Erik Dekker breaks collarbone

By:
Shane Stokes
Published:
August 21, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 0:07 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for August 21, 2005

Rabobank's Erik Dekker has broken his right collarbone during the Tour de Rijke in The Netherlands,...

Rabobank's Erik Dekker has broken his right collarbone during the Tour de Rijke in The Netherlands, which was run in fairly wet conditions. There was no sign of any damage to his neck area, after examination in the Meander MC hospital in Amersfoort. Dekker will have surgery, most likely on Sunday. His recovery will mean at least several weeks of inactivity.

Quick.Step's Tom Boonen also crashed in the race and pulled out after only 20 km. "It was more a panic reaction," he told Sporza TV. "There was a crash just in front of me and I couldn't avoid it." Boonen injured his knee and grazed his hip. He expects to recover fairly quickly and said that he will be ready for the Vuelta.

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