Congratulations Julian Dean

Julian DeanToday marks the conclusion of the Vuelta a EspañaGarmin-Slipstream rider Julian Dean crossed the finish line to become the only rider to complete all three Grand Tours this season.

I can’t imagine the fatigue this guy is feeling.  Not just from all the miles he’s ridden, and not just from the fact that he rode three weeks in a row three times in five months.  Also from the mental energy expended during that grueling time.

I’ll leave it to y’all to do the math on the calorie expenditure.  I’m impressed that he can still have the will to get out of bed and toe the line for another stage after all that.  The number of abandons during the Vuelta this year points to his cycling character.  Charlie Wegelius couldn’t make it past stage four before his fatigue caught up to him.

So Julian – get some rest.  You’ve more than earned it.  Chapeau.


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  1. #1 by Laura Fowler on September 21, 2009 - 11:26 am

    Way to go Jules! Wow, I miss you guys…..I have the group picture on my bulletin board at school. I am reminded everyday of your smiling faces!

    • #2 by Laura Fowler on September 21, 2009 - 12:06 pm

      p.s. Cold Beer is waiting for you in Wyoming!

    • #3 by mildstallion on September 21, 2009 - 12:13 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. Julian is an ironman this year. Not bad for a guy whose main job is to help other people win.

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