The Gazet van Antwerpen reports that Unibet, which may be in the ProTour next season, have their eye on Thomas Dekker. Jacques Hanegraaf, manager of Unibet, also looks after the interests of the Dutch cycling star. "His name has come up", confirms Koen Terryn, director of Unibet. "Dekker is possibly unhappy with Rabobank. But, honestly, we are also considering other leaders." Unibet presently has seven riders under contract, and fourteen others have signed a preliminary contract. That becomes official soon with the UCI. The team's search for a leader is continuing despite Unibet's Pro Tour hopes being a bit tenuous, as the current ban on the team in France has not been resolved.
"As far as captains are concerned, we are aiming at people who are dissatisfied with their current contract. Not ethical? That is possible at best. But what Rabobank has attempted is also not ethical. The Dutch team wants to pick up Laurens ten Dam, who has still a contract at Unibet." Koen Terryn will probably give up his young hope. "Keeping someone against his will makes no sense."