Dean takes third for Team Garmin in Ireland

2008_tour_of_ireland_stage_2_0131Giving it his all to the very end, Julian Dean battled hard during Sunday’s finishing circuits to stick with the top contenders. The crowds lined the streets to cheer them round the mutiple circuits and the multiple ascents of the insane St Patricks Hill Climb (seeing was believing).

Unfortunately, Marco Pinotti from Team Columbia had just a bit more juice and took third on the stage behind the two-man break, earning the bonus time he needed to take the overall.

Julian finished third overall and 21″ off Pinotti after five days and nearly 22 hours of hard racing. Next up for the northern European crew is the Tour of Britain, which starts Sunday, September 7th.

Team Garmin-Chipotle stage results
1. Frantisek Rabon 3h27′04″
6. Julian Dean +1′37″
17. Trent Lowe +3′11″
DNF David Millar
DNF Martijn Maaskant
DNF Magnus Backstedt

Team Garmin-Chipotle GC
1. Marco Pinotti 21h43′16″
2. Russell Downing +19″
3. Julian Dean +21″
29. Trent Lowe +10′46