Julian Dean Diary

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10/11/2004| 0 comments
by Julian Dean
Julian Dean - Team Credit Agricole. Photo copyright Roadcycling.com.
Julian Dean - Team Credit Agricole. Photo copyright Roadcycling.com.

Julian Dean Diary

Another one down...


this year and my role in the team for the future. Mainly we discussed that my role in the Tour this year is not necessarily the same role I will assigned to next year and I should still prepare with the possibility of being the team leader. So for the meantime pretty much everything is in place and all I have to do now is rest and get ready for a new season. Thankfully I was able to get next season's bike (black carbon, very stealth-looking Look 585, with Dura-Ace 10 speed) so I have that to ride over the office and tweak it to the position that suits me best, well before I have to start racing on it. For me this is really important and it gives me a huge amount of peace of mind that this part of next year's puzzle is already in place.


One of my first hopes for next season is that it starts a whole lot better than this year's. 2004 wasn't too flash for the first half and although we struggled through what seemed a never-ending stream of difficulties, it actually turned out pretty bloody good really. It just needed an extra lot of hard work. I didn't really achieve all that I wanted to but at the same time we hadn't planned on having to battle with so much shite luck. That took a lot of energy and focus which thankfully paid off for us. Generally I'm happy though with what I did achieve this year. Although this is one of the few years that I have been without a victory, I was a hitter in a lot of big races and I made my presence known which gave me a huge amount of satisfaction and more importantly, self-confidence.

I came close a few times but things just didn't pan out. There were times, like in the Olympics, that I truly felt I was one of the strongest guys there. Just so many variables have to be on your side for a victory and unfortunately I just didn't get that day where absolutely everything falls into place. Ending the season prematurely took a few final opportunities of victory away from me as did riding as a domestique and although I did get a lot of satisfaction out of this role, it just isn't the same as being the first guy to cross the finish line.


I'm also happy that I made the choice last year to ride with Credit Agricole. They've been so supportive and understanding through all our difficult times this year and it feels awesome to be in a team that backs you 100% the whole time - through both the good times and the bad. This is pretty much why I didn't hesitate to sign another 2 years with them. I just hope that I can reward them a little more next year. I've been racing in

Europe quite a while now and neither Carole nor I have ever felt this relaxed and comfortable with team management before.


So what

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