Julian Dean Diary

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09/14/2004| 0 comments
by Julian Dean
Julian Dean - Team Credit Agricole.
Julian Dean - Team Credit Agricole.

Julian Dean Diary

Tour of Britain.


all I could see were bikes and bodies going everywhere. ?Holy shit!? I said as I closed in on the chaos with decreasing speed. I had never seen so many fellas go down in one crash. Luckily I?m at the back, I thought. If I had gotten back on after my crash any sooner, I would?ve been in the middle of the bunch and right now I?d be in the middle of that. At that moment, I passed the first of the riders lying on the deck. I then realised that what had caused the mayhem was a section of cobbles in the centre of the town. I told myself to slow down and take things quietly and carefully. I edged my way through the debris of riders, bikes, bottles, glasses and power bars, trying not to react too hastily to anything going on around me which would cause me to crash, again! Don?t brake too hard and swerve carefully, I thought ?easy, easy? that?s it, nearly through it all? right, now swerve to the left?. No! Someone is down there. Ok, a little bit to the right then?

Guys were still going down all over the show. No! Not a little bit to the right; there?s a roundabout, go harder right. Look out! Someone else is down on the deck; go around him?. Then finally my senses were way too over-stimulated and I just dropped it like everyone else. Two times in 10kms and to think that I get paid to ride my bike and I can?t even keep it upright!


That was it. I had punched my ticket: the race was over for me now. I got up but we were about to enter into a critical part of the race and I had no chance of coming back now. Nice finish. I waited to be picked up with the other 50 or so riders who had come down, and headed to the showers. I was looking forward to getting home: somewhere I hadn?t been for a long time and where I was feeling like I needed to be after today?s morale masher. The only good thing about the day was that I didn?t get badly hurt.


Fortunately, I have the Tour of Britain in my mind. It was a great race and for me was the closest I get to doing a race in New Zealand, with a lot of friends out and about - especially the last stage in London. To win the Points Jersey was awesome. Coming second overall was good but I have an unfinished feeling about it as I should?ve won the race. It was a tactical miss-calculation that cost me the win. I guess that it?s easy to say now after the fact, but if we had have done things a little differently in the 4th stage and let the breakaway stay out and take the time bonuses, I would?ve gone into the last day in striking distance of the jersey? and with more than a good chance of taking it. Nevertheless, for me

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