Shorts: Dekker, Antequera, Kohl

Erik Dekker decides on a slightly premature retirement, Antequera set to lead Spain at the world cha

Erik Dekker decides on a slightly premature retirement, Antequera set to lead Spain at the world cha

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Rabobank veteran Erik Dekker has announced his retirement from racing slightly prematurely as a result of the injuries he picked up in a first-week crash at the Tour de France. The 35-year-old Dutchman was planning to retire at the end of the season, but has decided to substantially wind down his racing commitments before then. Winner of four Tour stages and the 2001 World Cup title, Dekker will now take part in a criterium in Emmen today (Tuesday) and the now well-established end-of-season event in Curaao in November before moving into a new post as directeur sportif with Rabobank.

- Spain will once again be guided at the world championships by their 'winningest' coach, Paco Antequera, who left that position last year after the championships in Madrid when Alejandro Valverde and Ivan Gutierrez won silver medals. Antequera has been in dispute with Spanish federation president Fulgencio Sanchez, but told AS that "in spite of these differences I think that this is the best solution for me", and now looks set to take on his old role for a temporary period. "The cyclists that I've managed over the past few years want me back working with them again," added Antequera, who has guided Spain to four road titles in recent seasons.

- T-Mobile's promising Austrian climber, Bernhard Kohl, has agreed a move to German rivals Gerolsteiner. The 24 year old who finished third in June's Dauphin Libr has signed a two-year deal with his new team.

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