The younger Dekker at Rabobank, Thomas, had to abandon yesterday’s Flèche Wallonne after a crash on the penultimate climb, where he suffered superficial skin wounds and bruises to his hip and knee. "It was a pity we couldn’t see how Thomas would do on the final climb," said team director Frans Maassen. "I’m not saying that he would have won, but I would have liked to see it. The course wasn’t too long (201 km) and the riding was controlled. But unfortunately, the crash made him miss out on it."