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Dean Overwhelming Peoples Favourite for Olympics
4 Jun, 2012

Orica GreenEdge professional Julian Dean has had a difficult start to his 2012 season.  The Rotorua native was supposed to be enjoying the kms with his newly formed Australian World Tour team and right about now be putting the final polish on his leadout for the likes of Matt Goss for the Tour de France before heading across the channel for the London Olympics.  But that all changed when in March Dean collided with a parked car breaking his leg in the Volta a Catalunya.  Dean no stranger to broken bones and the comeback trail got right to work on his rehabilitation and assured kiwi authorities his recovery would be on track for an on form ride in London.  But not content to let the most important event for the federation rest on the merits Deans quality it was requested he needed to make sure he was ready for the Tour de France, some four weeks pre Olympics to pit himself against other Kiwi professionals to gauge his form if he was intent on making London.

Dean is a rider with some heritage and a can do attitude so cyclingnz.com ran its own reader poll to see what the fans thought.  A clear majority of 60% backed Dean to make the Olympics in time to race fit, with just 30% thinking he would not make the cut.  10% thought he deserved a place if he managed to make the Tour and compete on equal footing with his countrymen. 

 

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