Den Bakker wants to keep on going

Maarten den Bakker

Maarten den Bakker (Image credit: Luc Claessen)

Maarten Den Bakker is 38 years old and has been riding professionally since 1990, but doesn't see any reason to stop quite yet. He would like to ride for one more year, he said Tuesday after the sixth stage of the Eneco Tour.

The Dutchman expects to hear next week whether his current team, Professional Continental Team Skil-Shimano, will offer him a new contract. "If it doesn't work out with Skil then I will look for another team," he said, according to "But I hope that I can remain at Skil because it is a very good team.

"I am still motivated, and think I can still teach the boys something. I think that there is a lot of young talent in the Netherlands right now, for that reason it is good that there is a team like Skil-Shimano."

Den Bakker started his career with PDM, and also rode for TVM, Rabobank and Milram before joining Skil-Shimano this season. His biggest success was winning the Dutch national championship in 1999.

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