Julian Dean Confirms Fifth Start In Tour De France

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Wed 24/Jun/09 11:47am

New Zealand’s most decorated road cyclist, Julian Dean has been confirmed his start in next month’s Tour de France.

The 34-year-old learned the news today from his Garmin-Slipstream team at his home in Spain.

It will be Dean’s fifth start in cycling’s most celebrated race, the most by any BikeNZ cyclist, and his second for Garmin Slipstream after previously riding for Credit Agricole. This included the 2007 performance where sprinter Thor Hushold labelled the kiwi “the best lead out man in the world.”

Dean will return to that role this year as the main lead out rider for up-and-coming American sprinter Tyler Farrar.
“I won’t have quite the same freedom as last year as my main goal will be the lead-out for Tyler,” Dean said. “We are an American-owned team and Tyler is their real star for the future.

“He is the only rider to have beaten Mark Cavendish this year although it’s only been once from 15 sprints against him.
“I was pretty confident of making the team for the Tour but it’s always good to get that call.”

Dean said that he is delighted with his form in the recent gruelling three-week Giro d’Italia which showed he will go into his fifth Tour de France in top shape.

“There were a lot of benefits for me from the Giro. It was certainly really tough this year in the extreme heat. I really came back strongly in the final week that showed I had not over-done things.

“Last year I went in to it after an injury and was pretty exhausted and struggled. This time I was strong at the end and all of the testing and my recent times show that I am right up with my best form.”

The route for this year’s Tour is significantly different again with no time bonuses in the first week before they head to the Pyrenees and with the Tour finishing up with some of the toughest climbs including the infamous Mont Ventoux on the penultimate day.

“It is going to be quite strange. Whoever wins the opening time trial, which is likely to be Fabian Cancellara in his current form, will likely hold it until we get into Andorra.”

Dean said his Garmin Slipstream team is stronger than last year and was getting used to the team lead out approach for sprinter Farrar rather than the solo approach he has employed in his years with Credit Agricole.

“The train system is probably better overall but it is more difficult because everyone in the train has to do their job perfectly. If one does not do it right, then it wrecks the whole train. We worked hard on it during the Giro and it is getter better.”

“As we always know with the Tour de France, anything can happen to anyone at anytime, so hopefully I will be able to take my chances if they present themselves.”

Fellow Beijing Olympian Hayden Roulston is also hopeful of selection for the Tour with his Cervelo Test Team expected to name the final nine riders this week.
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Re: Julian Dean Confirms Fifth Start In Tour De France

Postby Tugboat on Wed 24/Jun/09 6:45pm

W00t for Julz. I know he's there for Tyler Farrar but I don't reckon Tyler will get through the mountains in as good a shape as Julz, or at all. Julz will still get his own chance to mix it in the sprints and I reckon we'll see him trying for the win on the Champs Elysees. :thumbsup:
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Re: Julian Dean Confirms Fifth Start In Tour De France

Postby sifter on Wed 24/Jun/09 6:46pm

Great news. Shame we won't get to see the national champ's jersey though...
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Re: Julian Dean Confirms Fifth Start In Tour De France

Postby Fergie on Wed 24/Jun/09 6:49pm

Guess he should have beaten Gordy then :hmmm:
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Re: Julian Dean Confirms Fifth Start In Tour De France

Postby sifter on Wed 24/Jun/09 6:55pm

Fergie wrote:Guess he should have beaten Gordy then :hmmm:


true enough. I should've said, "it's a shame Gordy won't be beaming into our lounges in the wee hours next month."
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Re: Julian Dean Confirms Fifth Start In Tour De France

Postby musket on Wed 24/Jun/09 6:56pm

you could ask him?
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Re: Julian Dean Confirms Fifth Start In Tour De France

Postby istepinyards on Wed 24/Jun/09 8:05pm

Maybe Bike NZ should have paid off the field again ;)
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Re: Julian Dean Confirms Fifth Start In Tour De France

Postby Compact on Wed 24/Jun/09 8:08pm

Great to see Dean in there. Was suprised that Gerrans didn't get selected for Cervelo. It must be looking good for Roulston
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Re: Julian Dean Confirms Fifth Start In Tour De France

Postby Fergie on Wed 24/Jun/09 8:24pm

istepinyards wrote:Maybe Bike NZ should have paid off the field again ;)


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Re: Julian Dean Confirms Fifth Start In Tour De France

Postby Tugboat on Wed 24/Jun/09 8:33pm

Good to see that Dean was confirmed in the first six riders to be picked. They're still deciding on the last 3 places from a long list with some pretty big names sweating it out... the likes of Zabriskie, Wiggins, Danielson.
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Re: Julian Dean Confirms Fifth Start In Tour De France

Postby istepinyards on Wed 24/Jun/09 8:35pm

Danielson is over rated, DZ should be in as should Wiggins.
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Re: Julian Dean Confirms Fifth Start In Tour De France

Postby Tugboat on Wed 24/Jun/09 8:44pm

istepinyards wrote:Danielson is over rated, DZ should be in as should Wiggins.
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Agreed about Danielson... he showed some form once in a race a few years ago but has been pretty mediocre ever since.

Zabriskie was pretty shit at the Giro and the "prologue" is probably too tough for Wiggins. Hard to see those two being left out if JV is still wanting to win another grand tour TTT though.
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