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Catastrophic Comeback for Dean
22 Mar, 2012
New Zealand cyclings favourite son Julian Dean has experienced a nightmare in his comeback event the Volta a Catalunya since breaking his shoulder in Australia in December.  The Rotorua based kiwi was avoiding a multi rider pile up in the Pyrenees but collided with a parked resulting in a broken leg.

"We are especially distraught about this loss," GreenEdge sports director Neil Stephens reported on the team website. "From a sporting perspective, it's terrible to lose a rider to a crash. From a personal perspective, we really feel for him. He has a lot of bad luck this year, and Catalunya was his first race back after a previous injury.

"The race took a really nervous start because of a hard climb in the opening kilometres. We went around a slippery right-hand corner, and some guys crashed in front of Julian. In an attempt to avoid them, Julian swerved and he hit a parked car."

Dean was transported by ambulance from Barcelona to his Valencia base, accompanied by GreenEdge sports director Vittorio Algeri.

"I have spoken to him and what I do know is that it's a severe break, it's going to need an operation which will possibly be plates, and therefore three to six months," Dean's wife Carole told Fairfax Media.

"Three months being the very happy end of the scale and six being crap, so basically it's the season."

Dean who is on a one year riding contract at GreenEdge has not outlined if 2012 will be his final year in the peloton, preferring to take one season at a time.


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