Julian Dean Diary
2006 Tour de France - Stage 2 and 3.
my wheel. I went through the last couple of corners then hit the climb full gas. After a while I pulled off and looked back. To my surprise, the peloton was 100m behind. Thor had cramped and let the wheel go and I had nobbed off the front and had no idea?
The whole thing looked stupid as I was too buggered to keep going and didn't have enough of a gap back to the peloton to recover and get back in before the descent. So for those of you who were wondering what I was doing: No I wasn't attacking I was just trying to bring Thor into a good position. So yeh, the only thing I took up that climb on my wheel was thin air. Never mind though, got a few seconds of TV time!!!
In hindsight, I probably should?ve saved myself for the finish. I would?ve made it up the climb no problem today but on yesterday?s form that wouldn?t have been the case and I didn't really want to change the team plan mid-flight.
So I don't know what tomorrow will bring. I?m very up and down at the moment and although I was better today I?m still not confident about my form. Knowing my luck, I could just as easily feel like I did yesterday again. So we?ll just see what the day brings. As usual for me, it?s just the old one-day-at-a-time philosophy at the moment. I won?t forget how much I suffered yesterday just to make the finish so for the next few days I will be riding wary.
PS. Hats off to my old man. Pete pulled himself through a knee replacement op yesterday and is doing well.
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