Dekker the Elder: "Ceteram censeo..."

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Ewoud Dronkert, Jun 16, 2004.

  1. "...that it is I who should ride the TT in the Olympics, not YMD."

    From , my translation:

    Interesting week

    Last week in the Dauphiné I rode between a few candidate Tour winners
    and that was interesting. Especially the uphill TT on the Ventoux was a
    serious test for anyone going for a good classification in the Tour. The
    winner was Mayo in a new record time. Tyler Hamilton also proved to be
    on schedule and was trailing by 35 seconds. Lance Armstrong lost 2
    minutes and he was not happy with that. Our GC riders were in the top 10
    but were 3.5 minutes behind. Quite tolerable, but Michael Rasmussen had
    hoped for more, but he had stomach troubles. Immediately after the TT he
    said he wanted to lose 10 minutes in the next stage and to win the stage
    after that. He was still 9th on the GC! But he did it exactly as planned
    and won by 8 minutes like it was nothing! That also brought him back to
    7th. Even better. Just shoot me, but it was a really excellent effort. I
    can say Rasmussen and also Leipheimer are ready for the big show. Freire
    and Kroon not yet. That is to say, both were not within the time limit
    on the Ventoux and had to head home prematurely. Both with different
    causes, but still. It's not ideal. Because I was at the Dauphiné I could
    not participate in the Dutch TT championships. It was won by my namesake
    and the biggest talent of Holland, Thomas Dekker. After that the
    discussion was fired up if it should now be Thomas that goes to the
    Olympics in that event. I too would like to go there as a time trialist
    and that leaves the national coach, Knetemann, with a decision to make
    in the next few weeks. Comparing is not possible, because we are not
    competing in the same races. The Tour prologue is an indication, but
    that's all. Suppose I end up 21st. What do you do with such a result?
    And in the long TTs in the Tour I will definitely not prove myself
    worthy. Those days are very important foremost to conserve as much
    energy as possible for other, more interesting days. Moreover, a
    "bike-off" [analogy with new Dutch word 'skate-off' used to indicate
    ultimate selection event in speedskating between 2 or 3 contenders,
    introduced 2 years ago] does not sound like a very good idea to me. An
    interesting week therefore, and I didn't even talk one word about the
    European football championships. Cheers, Erik Dekker.

  2. Robert Chung

    Robert Chung Guest

    Ewoud Dronkert wrote:
    > "...that it is I who should ride the TT in the Olympics, not YMD."

    Who's Joop rooting for?
  3. On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 22:55:23 +0200, Robert Chung wrote:
    >Ewoud Dronkert wrote:
    >> "...that it is I who should ride the TT in the Olympics, not YMD."

    >Who's Joop rooting for?

    Funny you should ask, because there's a real conflict of interest there.
    Thomas is Joop's great-nephew, but Erik is married to the daughter of
    Joop's business partner in their Jewish bagle shop. I think the real
    family comes first though; it should be Thomas.