Julian Dean Diary
2006 Tour de France - Stage 5.
Tour de France 2006 - Stage 5, Beauvais ? Caen <?xml:namespace prefix = o /?>
As my luck would have it, I had more bad luck today and so at the moment, I?m over this race. I know that tomorrow I will line up but after crashing AGAIN, in the last 3km today, I just don't feel like it.
Not quite sure what happened but dudes dropped it in front of me and thankfully I was at a near standstill by the time I got to the pile up. It was more like one of those crashes you have when you can't get you foot out in time. I just kind of locked it up and ?plopped? over a couple of guys.
All the same, after yesterday I?m well over it. I wasn't feeling particularly good today after yesterday?s big tumble. I was struggling most of the day and in the last 3km when I was trying to get up to help old mate, Thor, I went down for another close examination of the tarmac. I guess I just have to feel lucky again that I didn't get seriously hurt during my bad luck! Still, as with yesterday?s crash, I could?ve done without it. It has knocked my confidence once again, making it a little more difficult mentally for the coming days.
When I was riding to the finish after my stink crash, with the other dudes who crashed, all I could think about was how I could get out of sprinting. I thought that maybe I should try to lose 4kgs and become a hilly one day specialist? But nah, I know that as much as I hate it when days like the last two happen, I will be back there in amongst it again tomorrow. I'm not sure what?s inside me but there?s something in me that keeps me going back to the sprints for more. Maybe it?s a strong addiction to the intensity of sprinting - as dangerous and crazy as it is. Maybe I'm just a bloke looking for danger?!
In any case, there?s always ?Fat Freddy's? CD or a tune from ?Conscious Roots? to pull me through my evening thoughts in the hotel room.
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