25 Mar 2011

Dean in top 20 Tour of Catalonia

6:37 am on 25 March 2011

A top 20 stage finish for Julian Dean on the Tour of Catalonia, with the New Zealand cyclist finishing 17th on the fourth stage of the Spanish cycle classic, a 195-kilometre ride from La Seu d'Urgell to El Vendrell.

Portugal's Manuel Cardoso won the stage, while the controversial local Alberto Contador leads the overall standings ahead of the American rider Levi Leipheimer.

Contador's racing under a drugs cloud, with the world body announcing it will appeal the Spanish federation's decision to acquit him over a positive test for a steroid which the Tour de France champion claims came from eating contaminated meat.