Julian Dean Diary

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10/2/2005| 0 comments
by Julian Dean
Julian Dean - Team Credit Agricole sprinter. Photo copyright Roadcycling.com
Julian Dean - Team Credit Agricole sprinter. Photo copyright Roadcycling.com

Julian Dean Diary

Worlds 2005 - Part one of a two part story.

Worlds 2005


Part one of a two part story!


It?s taken me a little while to get around to writing something about the Worlds. I think it?s because I have pretty mixed emotions about my result and when I sit down to write my diary, it?s a personal reflection on my performance vs. my result and sometimes that takes a few days for me to want to explore in depth.


The Worlds had been the only thing in my cycling brain since I crashed and have been on the comeback trail. It?s what has gotten me through the hours on the wind-trainer and through the many grovelling moments in racing and training. It was a hugely difficult effort to come back from my injury to reach the World Championships with the form I achieved in such a short period of time. I guess the important thing though is that I managed to do it. I worked hard and sacrificed a lot. Probably more than anyone else in the race. So to finish in 9th place was a fine result and I?m proud of it. Sure, it?s not a medal and to most people 9th means squat and I think that any athlete who works as hard as I did and knows that they couldn?t have possibly done any more, feels a little disappointed when they don?t place on the podium. But I have to go beyond the result and look more at my performance - the way I raced - to appreciate how well I rode. The days following the Worlds have allowed me to do this which is also why I haven?t written sooner.

 


 

Before the race I had a plan. In the weeks before actually, I had a plan. Although everyone had been talking about the race finishing in a sprint and one for the sprinters, after having checked out the course twice in the months leading up to the race, I had other ideas. We predicted that it would be a group of 30 or so coming to the line. I based my training on this and decided before the race that if I had the capacity in the final kms and they tried to attack, I would follow. Especially the strong guys like Vino and Bettini. I certainly didn?t want a repeat of the Olympics where I chose not to follow Bettini and he won. If I believed I had the legs this time, I would follow and there would be no hesitation.


During the race, I chose to just wait, wait and wait some more. At times it felt like a long day and often I had moments of doubt as to how I was feeling. Sometimes I just wanted to get up there to see how the legs were. But I held back and with three laps to go I moved closer to the front. Just as I got there a group went away with many of the good guys including three Spanish, Bettini and Davis. It was 60km to go and I made the

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