Julian Dean Diary
Just what he doesn't need...
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Carole here. I'm writing coz Julz is crook.....It's very reminiscent of the Vuelta 2 years ago actually. Back in 2001, Julian caught a stomach bug and when he wasn't sitting in the saddle of his bike, he was sitting on the loo! Well, he's re-living those hideous moments here. Hence, the lack of a diary last night. I rolled into <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
First things first, I shall fill you in on Tuesday's stage.
The stage was continually up and down, although the stage profile only decided to point out a Cat.1 and Cat. 3 climb. The rest of the climbs must have been 'accidentally' left of the profile....Funny that!!!! Although, Spanish races are notorious for making the stage profiles look flatter on paper than what they really are... It lulls riders in a false sense of, 'No worries, she'll be right' mentality. Julz however, knows better! Anyway, he spent the day getting dropped and fighting his way back to the main group, climb after climb...As you do when you're a sprinter.
A breakaway of 8 guys spent the day off the front and all but one of them managed to stay away til the finish. This left only 3 top 10 placings for the bunch to fill. Julz came second to Zabel in the half-pie bunchie and managed to pick up some points. He still didn't feel super on the bike though.
After dinner, he went back to his room where the cosy relationship with his hotel room toilet began....and continued right through the night until it was time to leave for the race. Thankfully the team doctor stuffed him full of stool-stopping medicine and he managed to race the stage yesterday without making a single toilet stop. Quite an achievement really!
Yesterday's stage left from the second least populated city in
Coming into the final, although Julz wasn't feeling too flash, he managed to get himself into a fairly good position. Going into the last turn - 900m from the finish - an Allesio rider sitting second wheel behind Petacchi, couldn't hold his position and gapped off himself and everyone else behind him. This left only Petacchi and one other rider to contest the sprint, which of course Petacchi won easily. Meanwhile, Julz, Zabel and the rest of the sprinters were 2 seconds behind. Julz was able to grab 3rd place. He was not overly happy with this though. He was pissed that the Allesio rider had caused such