26 Sep 2011

Lost opportunity for Dean to impress cycling selectors

12:05 pm on 26 September 2011

A major crash at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Copenhagen has stymied Julian Dean's plans to show national selectors he's capable of a position at the Olympics.

The trio of Dean, Jack Bauer, and Greg Henderson were among approximately 100 riders affected by the major crash that blocked the road 76 kilometres from the finish of the 266-kilometre elite men's race.

The group lost more than a minute before they could get going and were forced to ride through to the finish several minutes behind winner Mark Cavendish from Great Britain.

Dean says it was disappointing for the New Zealand riders who had been sitting comfortably in the massive peloton.