Thomas Dekker (cyclist)

Thomas Dekker ( born September 6, 1984 Dirk Horn ) is a Dutch racing cyclist.

Dekker was considered one of the greatest talents of his generation and of the Dutch cycling in general. He made ​​good time trial results and was well over the mountains. The Dutch league title in the time trial of the elite could Dekker 2004, at the age of 19 years, and win 2005. Up to his suspension for doping in July 2009, he was considered the greatest hope for the next Dutch Tour de France victory afterJan Janssen in 1968 and Joop Zoetemelk 1980.

Beginning of the professional career

Dekker was 2005 Professional at Rabobank after it has previously run two years for the junior team. In 2004, he won two silver medals in the road Cycling Championships in the road race and time trial the U23 class after victories in the Tour of Normandy and the U23 Men's race Thuringia Tour and Olympia's Tour. In 2003 he was third in the road race.

In his first year as a pro in 2005, he continued to achieve good results. When he won the Criterium International mountain stage and finished second overall. In the ProTour race Eneco Tour and Tour of Poland he was fourth and third in the overall standings and won in the latter tour the eighth stage, a 19 kilometer mountain time trial. In his first major tour, the Giro d' Italia 2005, he reached the 75th place overall.

His biggest success so far he succeeded in March 2006, when he won the weeklong Italian Pro Tour itinerary Tirreno- Adriatico. In this he took on the 5th stage the lead in the overall standings and could defend to the end.

The 2007 season did not start out quite so well, he stayed at Tirreno- Adriatico back behind their own goals and placed only on the 49th place overall. But at the Tour de Romandie in early May, he proved once again that he is one of the greatest talents of his time. He was second on the penultimate stage and won the next day the sovereign ITT, through which he also took the overall victory itself. On the 6th stage of the Swiss national tour, the Tour de Suisse, he proved once again climbing abilities and decided the mountain top finish for itself.

In August 2008, the contractual obligation was (until 2009) ended prematurely with his employer Rabobank. Since the beginning of the 2009 season he rode in the team Silence-Lotto.

Doping and comeback

In urine follow-ups from the 2007 Thomas Dekker could be converted with erythropoietin ( EPO) on 30 June 2009 after long suspicions of doping. He was immediately removed from the Tour de France squad the team Silence Lotto and suspended. In the spring of 2009, the news magazine Focus Dekker had named as alleged customers of doping dealer Stefan Matschiner.

In early March 2010 it was announced that Thomas Dekker was vested on 1 July 2011. After his suspension Dekker team has been committed by the Chipotle Development.



  • Appreciation Olympia's Tour
  • Netherlands Dutch time trial champion
  • GP Eddy Merckx ( with Koen de Kort )
  • General Classification Tour de Normandie
  • Appreciation International Thüringen Tour


  • Netherlands Dutch time trial champion
  • GP Stad Zottegem
  • A stage in Tour of Poland


  • Appreciation Tirreno- Adriatico


  • Trofeo Pollença
  • General Classification Tour de Romandie stage win
  • Stage win Tour de Suisse
  • Appreciation three - country tour and two stage wins


  • TTT Tour of Qatar
  • Circuit Cycliste Sarthe a stage


  • 2003 Rabobank TT3
  • 2004 Rabobank TT3
  • 2004 Rabobank ( Stagiaire )
  • 2005 Rabobank
  • 2006 Rabobank
  • 2007 Rabobank
  • 2008 Rabobank ( until 15:08. )
  • 2009 Silence-Lotto
  • 2011 Chipotle Development Team (from 01.08. )
  • 2012 Garmin -Sharp
  • 2013 Garmin Sharp