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Roulston and Dean get their chance to race
Aug 16th, 12. After a season of setbacks, Hayden Roulston and Julian Dean are set to make up for lost time when the Kiwis line-up for the Vuelta Espana this weekend.
Roulston was a late call up to his RadioShack Nissan Trek team, but after his preparations for the Tour de France and Olympics went unused, the Kiwi has energy, and motivation, to burn.
"When I was told i was going though, i felt like a kid in a lollie shop.. it was great news and knowing the training I did over the last 3 weeks has now been rewarded with a start in a grand tour," he wrote on his blog.
This is Roulston's third Grand Tour, his second Vuelta. The last time the Ashburton rider rode this tour was in 2010 when his team at the time, HTC Columbia, won the opening Team Time Trial putting Mark Cavendish in the leader's jersey.
On Saturday in Spain, Roulston will again begin his Vuelta with the TTT.
His team has three GC riders in Tiago Machado, Maxime Monfort, and Linus Gerdemann, but Roulston and the others - Daniele Bennati, Jan Bakelants, Laurent Didier, Markel Irizar and Greg Rast - are not going into the tour as purely support riders.
Although the tour title will be fought in the high mountains, there are plenty of other opportunities for glory for both the sprinters and for the breakaway riders - which is where Roulston's strengths could lie.
Julian Dean's season has been a nightmare with two significant injuries keeping him out of high profile races to date.
His first injury took him out ahead of the season start. His second, a broken leg suffered during the Volta a Catalunya, forced him to the sidelines only two days after he returned to racing.
His current form, despite two serious injuries, underlies his tenacity in the face of unplanned circumstances.
His Orica GreenEdge team are looking forward to having the Kiwi back on the team not just for his great leadout skills where he will drive Allan Davis to the sprint finishes, but for the overall leadership he brings to the team (which includes four Grand Tour rookies; Travis Meyer, Mitch Docker, Simon Clarke and Daniel Teklehaimont).
Also racing alongside Dean in Orica Greenedge are Pieter Weening (the only rider in the team to have ridden this year's Tour de France), Cameron Meyer and Wesley Sulzberger.
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