Dean battles injury to aim for the Tour

New Zealand sprinter Julian Dean is struggling to recover from injury in time to land a berth with his Credit Agricole team at the Tour de France. Dean, who will work as a lead-out rider for last year's green jersey winner Thor Hushovd if he makes the Tour, will line up for the Tour of Luxembourg today after being out of competition for six weeks with tendonitis in his knee.

Struggling with injury in the run-up to July is not a new experience for Dean. He missed last year's Tour after breaking his elbow in the Giro d'Italia and in 2004 he broke both arms in a crash at the Four Days of Dunkirk and battled successfully to regain fitness in time for the Tour by spending lots of time on a wind trainer.

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