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THE HAGUE Men's Nike Air Force 1 07 Low Gold White Sale , March 20 (Xinhua) -- Thomas Dekker has ended his professional cycling career at the age of 30, the Dutch rider announced on his personal website.

 

"I have pondered, I've weighed my thoughts carefully, I oversaw the options and considered them one by one," he stated. "I've listened to my mind and to my heart. Now I have made up my mind. I quit cycling."

 

Dekker was one the brightest talents in Dutch cycling in his youth and a promising professional at the start of his career. He was signed as a fully-fledged professional by the Dutch Rabobank team in 2005. One year later he won the Tirreno-Adriatico at the age of 21 Sale Mens Nike NSW Cortez Flyknit Black Gold , followed by a triumph in the Tour de Romandie in 2007.

 

Doping issues made an end to his rise. The international cycling union UCI already stated in July 2008 that the Dutchman had abnormal blood values, which could be a sign of doping use.

 

In 2009, when riding for Silence-Lotto, it was announced that Dekker had tested positive on EPO in a re-tested blood sample from December 2007, when he was riding for Rabobank. He was handed a two-year ban from July 1 Sale Men's Nike Air Presto Uncaged Ultra White Grey , 2009 to June 30, 2011 and admitted that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs.

 

"I've experienced a lot as a cyclist," Dekker said on Friday in his statement. "I've won and I've lost, I fell and stood up again. I learned a lot - mostly about myself. I've seen all sides of the coin: the front and the back, but also the ragged edges on the sides."

 

"As a young professional Sale Nike Air Presto Uncaged Ultra Black , I wanted one thing: winning bicycle races," he added. "And preferably as much as possible. I wanted to win at all costs. That was my strength, and at the same time it was the trap I fell into; it has taken me far and let me sink deep."

 

Dekker continued his career after his suspension at the Chipotle-Garmin Development Team and one year later he joined the Garmin WorldTour team. This year he was without a contract, but he tried to set a world hour record in Mexico on February 25. He failed, coming short one lap on the record by Australian Rohan Dennis. This attempt turned out to be his final ride as cyclist.

 

"My last hour as a cyclist Sale Mens Nike Air Presto Flyknit Ultra Grey White , I gave it my all in Mexico, during the attack on the world record," Dekker said. "I wanted to prove I can still ride fast, and also I wanted to know whether I still want to be a cyclist. The answer now, a few weeks after the attack on the record Women's Nike Air Presto BR Pink Sale , is clear to me."

 

"In recent years I have come to realize more and more that there is more in life than winning bike races," He concluded. "I raced for the love for the sport, not because I wanted to win every race on earth. And I have been open about my own past to warn young riders not to make the same mistakes I did."

Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics shoots sgainst the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday in Oakland, California. Photo: CFP

Isaiah Thomas has made peace and the Boston Celtics were able to turn things around with another emphatic win in Oakland.

 

Boston standout Thomas scored 25 points as the Celtics snapped a two-game losing skid on Wednesday with a 99-86 victory over the Golden State Warriors in a battle between two NBA title contenders.

 

The Celtics, who are fighting to hold onto the No.2 seed in the East Womens Nike Air Presto Burgundy Camo Sale , had lost two straight heading into their showdown with Golden State, the Western Conference's top team.

 

To add to their difficulties, leading scorer Thomas went public with criticism of coach Brad Stevens' coaching style after Monday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

 

But the Celtics had reason to -believe they can have success in Oakland. -After all, on their last visit 11 months ago, they snapped Golden State's 54-game home winning streak.

 

Winning takes care of everything and Thomas was full of praise for Stevens on Wednesday.

 

"The coach is going to make his decisions. I believe in the coach. I trust every decision he makes and tonight we won Womens Nike Air Presto Purple Sale ," Thomas said.

 

Boston took charge after a dunk by Draymond Green that gave the Celtics an 80-79 lead in a game that featured eight lead changes and eight ties in the first 41 minutes.

 

Jae Crowder hit three-pointers on consecutive possessions during a 15-0 fourth-quarter surge that helped -propel the Celtics to victory.

 

Boston improved to 41-24 on the season and won for the second time in four games on their Western trip. That allowed the Celtics to remain a game ahead of the Washington Wizards in the battle for the No.2 -playoff position.

 

The road-weary Warriors fell to -52-12 as they lost for the third time in five games and saw their lead over -red-hot San Antonio atop the West cut to 1.5 games.

 

Golden State played without Kevin Durant, who tallied 23 points to lead the Warriors to a lopsided win earlier in the season in Boston.

 

Durant, who is expected to be evaluated again in three weeks, spoke to reporters before the game.

 

"I hurt my knee. A lot of guys go through this," he said. "It is nothing to be concerned about. I got a boo-boo playing basketball."

 

Klay Thompson scored 25 points and Stephen Curry scored 23 for the Warriors.

 

Elsewhere Mens Nike Air Presto ISLAND BLUE Sale , Paul George scored 21 points, Thaddeus Young had 18 points and eight rebounds and CJ Miles -added 15 points, and the Indiana -Pacers defeated the Detroit Pistons 115-98.

 

With the victory, Indiana -avoided slipping to 0.500 and completed a four-game season series sweep of -Detroit.

 

In Miami, Dion Waiters scored 24 points and Goran Dragic -added 22 points and 10 assists to lead the -Miami Heat to a 108-101 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

 

The Heat have won three straight Mens Nike Air Presto Blue Sale , including two wins over the defending league champions Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

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