Dean Third at Tour of Ireland!
Monday, September 01, 2008
Cork, Ireland, Aug. 31—The final stage of the Tour of Ireland would be a tough test for Garmin-Chipotle’s Julian Dean. Set in second place throughout the weeklong race, he would face his toughest test, and assault on an overall podium placing—during what would be an arduous closing stage.
The final 144k stage from Killarney to Cork saw the field hit a circuit in Cork, highlighted by the ascent up St. Patrick’s Hill. The ascent would detonate the field and result in several DNFs, with just 57 finishers and of the 96 stage starters.
While riders were coming off the back, Dean was taking control of the race, launching a late attack in an effort for the win. But subsequent counterattacks saw a splintered leading breakaway group go away that included eventual stage winner Frantisek Rabon, while Italian Marco Pinotti came in 1:04 behind to leapfrog Dean in G.C. standings.
Dean finished in a chasing group, 1:37 behind. The effort on the day—and week—netted Dean a third-place overall finish.