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.

choice not to follow this one. I?m not sure why but it just didn?t feel right. It was too early, too many good guys and the race just hadn?t seemed hard enough yet for a break to stay away. It got out to two minutes then it started to come back on the second to last lap. I remained tight near the front of the group, keeping a close eye on things waiting for another move. Once we brought in the breakaway, nothing much happened. Aussie started to ride tempo and the race seemed all under control.


Actually, up till this point, it hadn?t even seemed all that hard and I was getting ready for a bunch kick. Despite the fact that I saw many riders going backward on all the hard parts of the circuit, they always seemed to come back and this was the way that I thought it was going to be for the finish.

 



As we passed through park and the longer easier climb I stayed in the top ten. I knew that on the next climb, if anyone was going to try, it would be there and that I had to take my chance. That was what I had been preparing for. I was especially keeping an eye on Vino; he had been quiet and calm all day, he looked good and I was expecting him to try something. Sure enough heading into the harder, shorter, steeper climb of the circuit with only 10km to go until we would know who would don the rainbow jersey, he attacked. Not at all surprisingly, Bettini immediately followed and then it was me. For the first time in the race I was hurting and having to suffer. I was up on them and then Bettini hit right over the top of Vino. I was still tight with them and by now we were a small group of riders - all of who had the same idea. As we crested the climb to the false flat, it became apparent that there wasn?t much cohesion within the group. I wanted us to work together to try to stay away. To me it seemed to make the most sense. After all, we had a peloton behind us with all the best sprinters in the World and we were fluffing around not working together. A few individuals attacked but nothing serious and on all occasions all the riders in our group of 7 or so were able to follow. I did my best to try and work within the group. Every time we regrouped after a failed attack from one of the other riders, I would go through to the front for a turn to try to get the group working. But no-one else jumped on that game plan and our group remained a bunch of soloists. I was a little frustrated. We were 5km away from having a crack at the World title and everyone thought that they could do it by themselves while the peloton, full of the World?s best sprinters

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