Dekker to retire at end of 2006

Dutch one day classic specialist Erik Dekker has announced his retirement at the end of 2006, and will finish his career with Rabobank, the team he has ridden for for the last 10 years. "The end has to come one day," said Dekker. "I want to quit racing at a good level. I think I can still reach that level next year."

Dekker said that he is more than happy to continue with Rabobank: "I am in a great team with a great sponsor. Besides that, there is a very positive development with young, talented riders in our team. It's interesting for me to be able to watch that development from close by for another year."

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