Julian Dean Diary

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07/6/2006| 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

2006 Tour de France - Stage 2 and 3.

2006 Tour de France - Stages Two and Three

Yesterday after stage 2, I was absolutely fisted. I was so bad during the stage and in the evening I couldn't do anything but lie in my bed. It was a horrible feeling. I spent the whole evening wondering how I was going to make it past the first week of the tdf. Especially given that on paper, stage 3 was harder than stage 2.

Stage 2, from Strasbourg to
was a good one for the team but left me with a mind full of self-doubt. Thor bounced back from having a serious paper cut at 65km/hr to his arm, to reclaiming the yellow jersey. So although the team was buzzing over the day?s success, I was hiding under my sheets all evening, wondering how I was going to be able to do another day and worried as hell as we were only two days into this bloody epic!

Even more amazing about yesterday?s stage was that Thor had to cross the line pedalling with one leg. He fell victim to one of McEwen?s accidental, "Opps. Go-off-my-sprint-line-for-no-apparent-reason-in-the-last-50m" tricks. Thor later declared that he really felt like he was going to win if he hadn?t pulled his foot after Robbie veered across his sprint line. It?s pretty disappointing from Robbie. To me, there didn?t look to be any reason why he needed to, or should have, moved across like that. Even more disappointing is that the commissaires didn?t act on it.

Oh well, we still took the jersey after hammering all the intermediate sprints and with Thor picking up some bonus seconds in the end as well. None of this though was making me feel any better about my crap form.


Stage 3 from Luxembourg to Valkenburg in
, proved to be a huge improvement in form for me. After shitting my pants all night, today I was a completely different person on the bike. I'm not sure what happened overnight but I was really stoked not to be feeling like yesterday because if I had have, I don't think that I would?ve been able to ride too many more days.

Unfortunately though, stage 3 wasn?t good for the team. After working really well all day, we lost the jersey in what was a hard final with a 1-km climb just before the finish. That?s cycling though and you have to take the good with the bad. My job today was to bring Thor to the front at the bottom of the climb and lead him up the climb for as long as my legs would handle. After yesterday?s crap performance, I didn't like my chances of making it over the climb to help him in the sprint finish. And actually, position going into the climb would be more important anyhow as it would be a little chaotic at the top with each to their own.

As it turned out, I ended up looking like a bit of an idiot up the climb. I went to the front with Thor on


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