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by Mark Zalewski
January 21, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan claims sprint hat-trick at the Tour Down Under, Porte poised for Willunga defence; Cookson defends Sutton over bullying claims, says he has a great respect for him; Tour Down Under boss pushing for World Championships in 2020; Court to rule in case involving Thomas Dekker tell-all book; Anna van der Breggen ready for new team, new challenges; Christine Majerus ready for to welcome the cyclocross world to Luxembourg; Lars Boom to skip final World Cup; Wanda Group posts nine percent gain in sports division; Steven Hyde is CX Captain America; Video: Tour Down Under, stage 4 highlights; Backstage Pass – TDU, stage 4; Velon ready to bring more action in 2017; Sven Vanthourenhout is on thin ice.
A Dutch court will rule on the lawsuit involving Thomas Dekker’s former manager Jacques Hanegraaf and the publisher of his tell-all book, written with Dutch journalist Thijs Zonneveld of the newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.
Hanegraaf is alleging extortion by Dekker and seeking to ban the publisher from producing a new edition of the bestselling book, with more than 100,000 copies already sold, along with 25,000 euros in damages.
De Telegraaf reports that a judge is set to rule on the lawsuit on February 2, but that he has urged the two parties to try to reach a settlement. The parties met on Tuesday but did not reach an agreement.
“I am down in the book as a criminal, while I have never in my life met [Emmanuel] Fuentes. Thomas also claims that I have used doping,” Hanegraaf previously told De Telegraph, who was himself a former cyclist.
Hanegraaf said that the claims in the book are revenge for him going after Dekker to collect on a debt amounting to tens of thousands of euros.
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