Julian Dean: Not Down & Out

A plate & eight screws...

Thirty-seven year old, Julien Dean looked highly unlikely to come back this season after breaking his leg, last week during the third stage of the Volta a Catalunya. All hopes looked bleak for the star kiwi sprinter to ride the Tour and the Olympics.

Now, he's out of hospital with plates inserted into his leg, the kiwi hardman is happy the operation went well... and hasn't giving up hope.

He broke his shoulder last December and Catalunya was his first ride back in his new GreenEDGE team.

His words are more optimistic than ever...

"I've got six to eight weeks where I can't walk on it, but I can get back on the bike before that time. I'm trying to stay focused on progressing through the rehabilitation process and that's working well at this stage. It's difficult to know and a lot of it is going to depend on how successful the surgery has been."

"The Olympics and Tour de France are not out by any means."

For now, GreenEDGE will miss one of the world's great lead out men... I'd love to see him line up at this year's Tour!

A humorous look at Dean, the K Way, 2010 TdF...