Julian Dean Diary
2006 Tour de France - Stage 4: Eat Your Heart Out, Jackass!
2006 Tour de France - Stage 4, Huy-Saint Quentin <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
?Eat Your Heart Out, Jackass!!!!?
Not sure how I came out of it but apart from losing a fair amount of skin and having a stiff neck today, I?m relatively ok. A few bruises and a tad skinless, but that?s nothing unusual when you get dumped on the tarmac at 55km/hr in the middle of the sprint. Amazingly that?s all I came out of it with. I can?t believe as can?t any of the other riders - or anyone else who saw it on TV. I got off pretty lightly given what carnage it could have been. AGAIN!!!
Anyhow, I?ll start from the start. The day began crap when we got woken up by the ?vampires? at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
The stage went by ok but as some of you would?ve seen, it ended bad for both me and Thor who, to the incredulity of all the other riders - including those involved - was relegated to last after touching shoulders with another rider during the moment of my crash. None of the other riders thought that it was bad or intentional and in fact there weren?t any protests made to the Commissaires but they took it upon themselves to relegate him anyway.
It just doesn't make sense after the other day when Robbie moved completely out of his line nearly taking out Thor and nothing was done to him. This has been a big blow for us in our effort to defend the green jersey and all because some Commissaire decides to carry out a random act of ?judging?. Then smearing great big chunks of sea salt into the wound, they fined me for moving out of my sprinting line. Shit man, what are you supposed to do when you are finished a lead out? It just so happened I couldn?t move to the left ?cause we were coming into the left hander before the final straight. If I?d moved off to the left, I would?ve had guys up my arse into the corner and if I hadn?t of moved over to the left or right, I still would?ve had guys up my arse? Anyway, as I pulled off, I got bumped by one of Boonen's boys coming round the outside of me. He saw that we were gonna collide so he leant in with his shoulder ready to take the weight. I was relaxed and trying to get my breath after the lead-out and wasn?t expecting the collision so I dropped like a rag doll. If I was in full flight, fully gripped and tense, then I?m pretty sure that I wouldn?t have gone done.
Today, the other rider involved came up and apologized. Didn?t seem like his fault or