Dekker to skip Worlds TT

Rabobank's young Dutch talent Thomas Dekker has announced his intentions to focus his sole attention on the road race at the World Championships in Stuttgart and to skip the time trial. The Dutch national team coach Egon Van Kessel said that Dekker had discussed the options with his more experienced team-mate Michael Boogerd, who recommended that he focus on the road race only. "I would have gladly had him in the time trial, but nevertheless, it's a good choice,'' said Van Kessel.

Dekker confirmed his decision before the start of the first stage of the Eneco Tour on Thursday, according to ANP. "It is definite," Dekker declared. Dekker's decision was made in part due to problems he has experienced with his hip while riding in the time trial position. However, his decision has larger implications than for just himself and the Dutch Worlds team. The team needs a rider to place top 15 in order to get an extra spot at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, but without Dekker, this has become more of a remote possibility.

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