13 Apr 2011

Dean frustrated with form

8:55 am on 13 April 2011

The New Zealand cyclist Julian Dean has admitted to being extremely frustrated with his form at the start of the new European season.

Dean suffered delayed concussion and was taken to hospital after a crash in the Catalan Tour last month and has struggled to get back to his best since.

After the crash the 36-year-old came down with the flu.

The two-time New Zealand road champion has been trying a different, more relaxed approach to gaining form but he says it hasn't been working.

He says it feels like the more he trains or the more focused he tries to be, the worse he gets.

Dean will race the tour of Turkey later this month and still hopes to ride the Giro d'Italia next month.